Nadia Seboussi’s work takes up the question of armed conflict and what it gives rise to: violence, migration and exile. The works assembled for this publication focus on the representation of the Algerian tragedy by the recreation in video tableaux of these now-mythical depictions. Drawing on the iconography, full of pathos, transmitted by the world’s media outlets—with an emphasis on those of North Africa and the Middle East—and on a pictorial tradition depicting scenes of lamentation (also employed by Bill Viola), Seboussi creates sumptuous chiaroscuro frescos which propose a new choreography of grief. In the slow movement of the bodies, in the alternately consumed and ravaged faces, in the breaking down of the gestures that embody suffering, Seboussi proposes a moratorium for a period of mourning: Hidad.
Nadia Seboussi was the recipient of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art in 2013. The present publication and the exhibition Hidad are the culmination of the project carried out under the fellowship.
Artist: Nadia Seboussi
Authors: Mirna Boyadjian, Vincent Lavoie
Edited by France Choinière
In collaboration with Black Dog Publishing
Design: Studio TagTeam
Bilingual, 63 pages, color reproductions, hardcover