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Adel Abdessemed has a tendency to tackle current events — such as terrorism, violence, repression and other uncomfortable issues — while omitting a clear ethical position. Abdessemed is not a moralist; he is not even interested in separating good from evil, which does not translate into a neutral or detached attitude. On the contrary, Abdessemed’s whole work in based on ‘taking a stand, because in my heart I detest neutrality.’ His positions can be sometimes troublesome and difficult to share: they are romantic ideals, often irrational. ‘I plunge into the dark,’ the artist has said. ‘I use passion and rage.’

Massimiliano Gioni, ‘Adel Abdessemed: In the Name of the Father’ in Flash Art, No. 265, 2009, pp 61-62.

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