• MURANO GLASS AND SKELETON


ADEL ABDESSEMED 

HABIBTI 2006

Murano Glass and hair

The following excerpt is from the Pompidou website:

Politics, religion, social exclusion, identity and love are central themes in the work of Adel Abdessemed, an Algerian artiste of Kabil origin, who has lived in France since 1992. Habibti is a skeleton made of Murano glass that seems to be levitating. The materials are chosen for their intrinsic properties and symbolic connotations: the transparency and fragility of blown glass refer to the inevitability of death while hair symbolizes resistance to disappearance. The titleHabibti, which means “my darling” in Arabic, is a reference to the artist’s wife who was the artist’s model for this work.

With thanks to the Pompidou for the image.