Zoulikha Bouabdellah (b. 1977, Moscow) with Curator Carol Solomon, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2009
Walk on the Sky. Pisces, Mixed media installation, 6 x 6 x 3m
A re-creation of the celestial canopy in the month of March, this installation invites the viewer to walk on the sky. Sleek and contemporary, it features the polygonal star of Islamic art and is inspired by sources as rich and varied as the tenth-century Book of Fixed Stars by the Persian astronomer Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi and the tale of King Solomon’s glass floor, which tricked the Queen of Sheba (Bilqis), into believing it was a pool of water.
Zoulikha Bouabdellah was born in Moscow while her parents were graduate students in documentary film and art history. She moved back to her native Algiers where she was frequently in the company of artists, spending time at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts d’Alger, where her mother was curator for ten years and director until 1994 when they were forced to flee to Paris. Bouabdellah shows with L.A. B.A.N.K., Paris and Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Dubai and Sabrina Amrani, Madrid.
AAmerican-born art historian and curator Carol Solomon is currently Visiting Associate Professor of Art History at Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania. Dr. Solomon received her PhD in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987.