Caméléon Club by Tarek Lakhrissi

solo exhibition from February to March, 2019
at La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec (FR)


Following his six months residency at La Galerie, poet and artist Tarek Lakhrissi presents his first solo exhibition Caméléon club, a fictional and performative ensemble. Taking narrative speculation as a starting point, he calls for a future of emancipation and interactions between physical bodies and bodies of knowledge. The setting of the art center is transformed into an allegorical spacecraft in order to call upon queer poetics and minoritarian referentials ranging from feminist theory to science fiction, within which artworks and participants join together towards utopian thinking.

Lakhrissi’s practice addresses language and its performative dimension: what it does and does not allow. His poetic writings revolve around code-switching, using repetitions, rhymes and iterative forays into English, Arabic and French. Always negotiating spaces between achievement and failure, these ventures into translation and transition intend to pressure language through a subjective and marginal experience, altered by ever-shifting voicings. The roots of Tarek Lakhrissi’s poetry stems from his political attachments and identities : poet, queer, arab, he explores languages at once cultivated, inherited, assimilated, familiar, foreign, vulnerable; and their iterations, as in a learning process, is also their exhaustion. His narratives lay down a space where the liberatory power of speech can roam freely, inviting in slang, popular culture and theoretical references to join the party.

photos credits: Pierre Antoine