Berber in origin, he grew up in Paris suburbs, in a housing project. All his work is imbued with this dual cultural heritage, which finds itself in his choices of mixed and found materials and objects.
On the occasion of this exhibition, Rachid Khimoune will be presenting a recent series of totems, masks, and tortoises.
Totems and masks, made during the past five years, evoke Africa and its traditions with humor, assembling disparate scraps of modern life and fusing them into a new identity playing with their initial definitions. Thus, the “Conversation Tree” and “Burkina”, totems combine bronze and iron with a literal gas jet (see page no 13). The Totem “Queen of the Night” combines bronze, iron, wood and container for a head (see page no 12). Through his works, he evokes the universality of the expert bronze worker, whether of African or Chinese origin.
Furthermore, tortoises, drawn or sculpted a