Driss Ouadahi (1959)
Healhy trees
2008
oil on canvas
110 x 130 cm
42.90 x 50.70 in

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Algerian painter Driss Ouadahi studied architecture before immigrating to Germany, where continues to live and work.Utilizing a vocabulary of architectural motifs, Ouadahi makes large-scale paintings that borrow from the history of modernist grid painting and traditional Islamic aesthetics, while tackling the difficult and timely topic of human migration.
Ouadahi ask us to consider the political and psychological aspects of boundaries and the relationship they have to ethnicity and social class,trough representations of three types of architectural imagery: city scapes of glittering modernist high-rises, claustrophobic depictions of subway tunnels and photoelectrically rendered pictures of chain link fences.