Tarek Atoui

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Tarek Atoui, born 1980 in Beirut, is an artist and electroacoustic composer, who lives and works in Paris. Working within the realm of sound performance and composition, he engineers complex and inventive instruments as well as arranges and curates interventions, concerts, performances, and workshops. His work often revolves around large-scale, collaborative performances that develop from extensive research into music history and instrumentation, while exploring new methods of production. Using custom-built electronic and electroacoustic instruments, Atoui references current social and political realities, revealing music and new technologies as powerful aspects of expression and identity. Education and social connection are integral aspects of Atoui’s practice. He has exhibited at numerous major institutions such as The Contemporary Austin, Austin, Texas (2022); FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2022); Fridericianum, Kassel (2020); Sharjah Art Foundation (2020); NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (2018); Fondation Serralves, Porto (2018); Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (2017); Bergen Assembly (2016); Tate Modern, London (2016); Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (2015); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2014 and 2015). Important group exhibitions also include the Bourse du Commerce - Pinault Collection, Paris (2021); 13th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2021); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2019); 58th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennial (2019); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2019); Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2018); Para Site, Hong Kong (2017); Fondazione Prada, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice (2014); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012); Performa 11, New York (2011); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2010); Ninth Sharjah Biennial (2009); the Mediacity Biennial, Seoul (2010); Haus Der Kunst, Munich (2010). Tarek Atoui’s works have joined the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Nouveau Musée de Monaco, the Saradar Collection in Lebanon and the Centre national des arts plastiques in Paris.

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