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Adel Abdessemed
Usine
Factory
2008
Usine, a video placed near the center of the exhibition, may come closer to conveying Abdessemed’s truly universal perspective on the human condition. Animals star in this video once again, but unlike the farm animals in "Don’t Trust Me," the predatory species of Usine are not innocent victims. The chaos that ensues when scorpions, tarantulas, snakes and other scaly reptiles are thrown into a pit with fighting cocks and Pit Bulls is recorded in a one and one-half 1.5 minute video by the artist. Very short clips of the violence flash by: a snake wraps itself around a frog to choke it; a Pit Bull pounces on a cock’s neck to break it; the Pit Bulls then turn against one another and sharp shrieks of pain fill the gallery as they bite into one another’s flesh. The video moves very quickly, but loops back again to replay the violence without any respite. A pointed parallel is drawn between the viewer and the predatory species in Usine, suggesting that such primal, animalistic violence is human nature, regardless of cultural background or upbringing. “Birth is violent. Death is violent. Violence is everywhere,” states the artist, offering no escape. Rather than turning a blind eye, he uses his art to depict the horrors of the world with unsettling candor. The criticality with which the viewer responds to such a depiction is left as an open-ended question. http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/
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original title
Usine
year of acquisition
2012
type of object
Audiovisual recording
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Private long-term loan
registration number
R.5013
date
2008
fonds
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
media
Single-channel video, colour, sound, loop
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© Adel Abdessemed, VEGAP, Barcelona
original title
Usine
registration number
R.5013
date
2008
year of acquisition
2012
fonds
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
type of object
Audiovisual recording
media
Single-channel video, colour, sound, loop
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Private long-term loan
Copyright
© Adel Abdessemed, VEGAP, Barcelona
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