About The Work
Les Prieurs III (The Prayers), 2015 is one of three polished bronze sculptures, with green patina finishes, each executed as a unique piece and representing abstract figures of spirituality. Les Prieurs (The Prayers), 2015 reflect the diversity, complexity and sophistication that characterize Sufism, extended by the work of mystical Sufi thinkers and poets such as Rumi and Ibn Arabi, which has greatly influenced Koraichi’s work and life. In his work, symbols and signs weave a message of divine grace and presence emphasizing the universal and inclusive nature of the Islamic intellectual tradition, in contrast to the contemporary perceptions of crisis and violence. Hence, Koraichi’s work is deeply anchored in universal Love, Love of God, and unity.
Born in 1947 in Ain Beida, Algeria, Rachid Koraichi lives and works between Tunisia and France. He studied at the Institute of Fine Arts and the Superior National School of the Arts in Algeria, before moving to France to continue his further studies at the National School of Decorative Arts and the School of Urban Studies in Paris. Koraichi’s sculptural explorations extend across an impressive range of different media, with his installations including ceramics, textiles, various metals and painted work on silk, paper or canvas. Beginning with the intricate beauties of the Arabic calligraphic scripts his work is composed of symbols, glyphs and ciphers drawn from a wide variety of other languages and cultures. Rachid Koraichi was included in the international touring exhibition Short Century, and in the 47th and 49th Venice Biennale, and in Word into Art at the British Museum, 2006. His works have been widely exhibited around the world, and can be found in many private and public collections including the British Museum, London; the National Museum for African Art, Washington; the Museum of Islamic Arts, Doha and many more. In 2010, he contributed works to the Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil’s exhibition Isla, (Islam) and The Future of Tradition – The Tradition of Future, at the Haus de Kunst, Germany.
Elmarsa was founded in 1994 in Tunis and expanded to Dubai in 2015. Specialized in both modern and contemporary North African art, it represents recognized 20th century artists as well as mid-career artists. Elmarsa participates in several international art fairs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Paris, London, Marrakech, Miami and New York.