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(Algerian, b. 1947)
Overall: 49.5 x 49.5 x 3.2 cm (19 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 1 1/4 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 2020.220.a
Blending historical and high-tech art-making techniques, these tablets’ designs were first drawn, then carved with a digital router.
Rachid Koraïchi's Les Septs Stations Célestes (The Seven Heavenly Stations) pairs two stone tablets. The right bears text, while the left combines text, drawings, and elements drawn from the artist’s personal lexicon. His unique visual language blends Chinese, Sumerian, Hebrew, and Arabic letterforms with numbers, codes, and drawings. Their calligraphy recalls manuscript pages, while their material evokes Middle Eastern and Swahili coast tombstones.
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