118 1/2 inches, diameter (301 cm)
Sold: Sold: $150,000-200,000
Mappemonde provides a revealing example of how Abdessemed transforms everyday materials and images into unexpected and charged artistic declarations. As he notes on his choice of media more generally. 'I have used milk, wine, mint, Coca-Cola, and marijuana. They are more accesible materials than black marble." Here, the artist presents a large-scale map of the world, built entirely from discarded tin cans. Collected from the local markets and streets of Fez. Abdessemed here continues a tradition of local craftsmanship and entrepreneurism found in many African countries, where cheap, readly-available products and waste materials are transformed into tools, children's toys, and other gadgets.
Born in 1971 in Constantine, Algeria, Adel Abessemed often refers to his years in Algiers as the foundation for his artistic career and to his enforced emigration - due to increasing political problems in his country - as a departure point for his further development. His rise as a prominent figure on the contemporary art scene can be credited to the exceptional immediacy of his oeuvre.
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