Parasol unit, London

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art | 14 Wharf Road
GB-N1 7TB London

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Parasol unit is delighted to present Silent Warriors, the first solo exhibition dedicated to the work of artist Adel Abdessemed in London.

Working across a wide range of different media, including sculpture, installation, video, photography and drawing, Abdessemed passionately tackles difficult subject matter and taboos within society and presents them as naked truth. Beyond their often challenging and provocative appearance, his works embody the fragility of life and are deeply imbued with beauty and poetry. Abdessemed's exhibition at Parasol unit highlights precisely the vulnerability and aesthetic sensitivity in the work of this important twenty-first century artist.

Silent Warriors is organised around two of Abdessemed's major works, Habibi, 2003, a 17-metre human skeleton made of fibreglass, and a new installation entitled Silent Warrior, which comprises numerous colourful masks made from found and discarded empty tin cans from Africa, which once either contained food provisions or toxic material.

The exhibition also includes other works, such as Also sprach Allah, 2008; Enter the Circle, 2009; andMoscow, 2010, another new installation. Moscow is made of clear hand-blown glass and consists of five works modelled on ice skates used by Russian figure skaters. All these works reflect Abdessemed's ongoing exploration of ideas surrounding violence, truth and beauty.

Abdessemed was born in Algeria in 1971; he currently lives and works in Paris.

This exhibition is accompanied by a new publication, co-published by Parasol unit and Koenig Books.

Adel Abdessemed
Silent Warriors