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Born in Algeria in 1947, the descendant of an old Sufi family, Rachid
Koraïchi works with effortless facility in several contrasting mediums,
producing pieces that belong firmly within the Sufi tradition yet which
nonetheless encompass intriguing aspects of modernity and universality.
Through the use of Arabic calligraphy and symbols from both ancient and
current cultures, Koraïchi investigates the lives of the
fourteen mystics of Islam: great Muslim thinkers and poets such as Rumi
and El Arabi whose visions remain an enduring one throughout the world
to this day.
Koraïchi's work is influenced by an abiding fascination with signs of
all kinds, both real and imaginary, beginning with the intricate beauty
of Arabic calligraphic scripts. His work is composed of symbols, glyphs
and ciphers drawn from a wide variety of other languages and cultures.
Whether the source is numerological perceptions of ancient cultures or
his inventive Chinese ideograms that appear to share similar forms,
Koraïchi’s eclectic work integrates these crossing systems of signs into
an organized and fascinating description of the diverse world that
He has sought to reunite Islamic rituals and mysticism with the aim
of reviving the arts and crafts culture of the region by fusing ancient
techniques and modern practices with dramatic effect. Koraïchi puts huge
value upon the craftsmen he works with as the keepers and messengers of
the semantic ‘know how’. His work is an ode to his ancestors’
spirituality, craftsmanship and voyage through history, an elegiac
homage to a venerable cultural past.
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