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latifa echakhch: biography, selected museum exhibitions, public collections and shows at kaufmann repetto



Born in 1974 in El Khnansa, Morocco. Lives and works in Switzerland.

Latifa Echakhch often introduces associations with ‘cultural mementos’ that reveal a complicated relationships, where symbolic valency is subtracted, its absence suggesting an entirely new meaning and presence. Echakhch re-imagines and re-evaluates found objects and defamiliarizes the vernacular, questioning the meaning embedded in these and, in general, our own relationship and preconceptions towards such objects. Only when supposedly known objects have been emptied of their original meaning can they be read in many ways.

Referencing and appropriating the archetypes, ideologies of modernism and beyond, she reflects on the often-prejudiced perception of national and religious identities in works that are both poetic and conceptual, and questions the semantics of cultural paradigms, providing instead what the artist calls “poetic transfiguration”.


selected museum exhibitions

latifa echakhch will represent switzerland in the upcoming venice biennale 2022; her work has been exhibited internationally in several solo exhibitions in venues such as BPS22 Charleroi (2020); Kunsthalle Mainz; Fondazione Memmo, Rome (2019); The Boijmans; The Nouveau Musee National de Monaco (2018); The Power Plant, Toronto (2016); the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2015); Centre Pompidou, Paris(2014); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Kunsthalle Basel; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio (2012); GAMeC, Bergamo; MACBA, Barcelona (2010); Swiss Institute, New York; Fridericianum, Kassel (2009); Tate Modern (2008) and many others.

Latifa Echakhch has participated to the Istanbul Biennial (2017); the Kochi Muziris Biennal in Kerala (2016); 18° Biennale of Sydney (2012); the 54 Venice Biennal (2011); the 10th Biennal of Lion (2009); Manifesta 7 in Bolzano (2008) and the 1st Biennale of Thessaloniki (2007).
she won the zurich art price (2014) and the Prix Marcel Duchamp (2013).

Among Latifa Echakhch recent group shows, we can mention the Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing; frac, doubs (2019); the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); the Boghossian Foundation in Bruxelles (2016); the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2016); the Swiss Institute in New York (2015); Palazzo Grassi in Venice (2014); the Power Station of Art in Shanghai (2014); the Museé d’Art Moderne in Paris; Moma PS1 in New York  (2013) and many others.


public collections

latifa echakhch’s work is in many permanent collections, including those of Kunsthaus Zürich; LACMA, Los Angeles; National Museum of Canada; MACBA, Barcelona; Nouveau Musee National de Monaco, Francois Pinault collection, paris/venice; Kunstmuseum Liechtens; Queensland Art Gallery, brisbane; Gamec, bergamo.


shows at kaufmann repetto
the after, 2020, solo show at kaufmann repetto milan
underneath, 2017, solo show at kaufmann repetto milan
There’s Tears, 2015, solo show at kaufmann repetto Milan
Verso, 2012, solo show at kaufmann repetto Milan
Latifa Echakhch, 2009, solo show at kaufmann repetto Milan

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Upcoming GROUP exhibition

Latifa Echakhch & Zineb Sedira For a Brief Moment […] Several Times
, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel


Selected solo exhibitions

the concert, Swiss Pavillion, 59th Venice Biennale, VeniceHorizon, kamel mennour, paris

Miroir du ciel / 20th anniversary of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, EAC Espace de l’Art Concret contemporary art center, Mouans-Sartoux

the after, kaufmann repetto, Milan
the sun and the set, BPS 22, Charleroi
the fall, kunsttage basel, dreispitzhalle
Latifa echakhch, le cube, the-sierre, sierre

Romance, Fondazione Memmo, Rome
Magnolias, kamel mennour, London
Freedom and Tree, Kunsthalle Mainz, mainz

La Chapelle Saint-Jacques – centre d’art contemporain, Saint Gaudens
Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam
Latifa Echakhch: le jardin méchanique, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco
falling, lovely and beautiful, Kiosk, Ghent

Underneath, kaufmann repetto, Milan
Dans la maison vide, Manoir de la Ville de Martigny, Martigny
Nude, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv

Fleck Clerestory Commission Program – Cross Fade, The Power Plant, Toronto
Spring and Fall, Kamel Mennour, London
Ess ich das Buch mit allen Insignien, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich

Zurich Art Prize, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain, Protocinema, Istanbul
there’s tears, kaufmann repetto, Milan
Restart, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz
screen shot, haus konstruktiv, zurich

Espace 315-Centre Pompidou, Paris
Hadash, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
L’air du temps, Cabinet of Curiosities, Dommuseum, Salzburg
All around fades to a Heavy Sound, Kamel Mennour, Paris

Horses and Figures, Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel
Bait, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
Laps, Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon
Hammer Project: Latifa Echakhch, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
The Scene Takes Place, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich

Goodbye Horses, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
Die Vögel, Portikus Island, Frankfurt
Morgenlied, kunsthalle Basel, Basel
Verso, kaufmann repetto, Milan
Tkaf, Kamel Mennour, Paris
Currents: Latifa Echakhch, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus

From threshold to threshold, Museum Haus Esters, Kunstmuseen, Krefeld
Latifa Echakhch /Label Art 2011, Triennale d’Art Contemporain, Fondation Louis Moret, Martigny
Gaya, galerie Darse, Geneva
the door, sorry we’re closed, Brussels

Le rappel des oiseaux, GAMeC, Bergamo
Le rappel des oiseaux, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims
La ronda, Capela MACBA, Barcelona
Said tea, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
still life, frame still, FRI ART, Fribourg

Art Kabinett, francesca kaufmann, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami
Movement and Complication, Swiss Institute, New York
francesca kaufmann, Milan
Partitas, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany
Les sanglots longs, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel
Pendant que les champs brulent, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris

Speaker’s Corner, Level Two Gallery, Tate Modern, London
Vita Kuben, Norrlandsoperan, Umea

Fifty, Fifty Fantasia, Karma International, Zurich
Il m’a fallu tant de chemins pour parvenir jusqu’à toi, Le Magasin, Grenoble
Dérives, Interface, Dijon

promesse, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Valence

Déserts, Show Room, Paris

Call Box, La Box, Bourges

Words don’t come easy to me, Espace Premier Regard, Paris


Selected group exhibitions

jusque-là, Le Fresnoy / Pinault Collection, Tourcoing
The Impermanent Collection, GAMeC, Bergamo

Swiss Institute, Rome

Accrochage 20 ans du Prix Marcel Duchamp, Centre Pompidou, Paris
la colère de ludd, bps 22, charleroi
the location of lines, museum of contemporary art Chicago
Lacrimae Rerum, homage to Gustav Metzger – Part I, Dvir Gallery, Brussels
The clouds and the cloud, Museum für Gegenwartkunst, Siegen
vent’anni – twenty years, 20th anniversary exhibition, kaufmann repetto, milan

Not a single story II, park Wanas Konst, Knislinge, Sweden
Step 13, Dvir Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
”Your footsteps are the road, for there is no road”– A tour amid the artists of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing
Sounds of memories – Morgenlied la, si, do, ré, by Emilie Fabre, Collège de la Source à Mouthe, FRAC, Fonds régional d’art contemporain de Franche-Comté, Doubs, France

International Contemporary Art Exhibition: Armenia 2018 (ICAE), curated by Mazdak Faiznia
Arsenal Contemporary, New York
The Present is Ancient, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Kedem – Kodem – Kadima, curated by Nicola Trezzi, CCA, Tel Aviv
Stories of Almost Everyone, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

15th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
Liaisons/Links project, Academy of France-Villa Medici, Rome
SUR/FACE. Spiegel, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main
Animal Farm, kaufmann repetto, New York
HAUTE TENSION, Regard sur la scène française à travers huit lauréats du prix Marcel Duchamp, Red Brick Art museum, Beijing
HAUTE TENSION 2, Regard sur la scène française à travers huit lauréats du prix Marcel Duchamp, Times Museum, Canton

Forming in the pupil of an eye, Kochi Muziris Bienale, Kerala
Decor, Boghossian Foundation, Bruxelles
On connaît la musique, FRAC – Franche-Comté, Besançon
Répétition, Fondation Boghossian – Villa Empain, Bruxelles, curated by Nicola Lees and Asad Raza
13th Triennial of Small-Scale Sculpture, Alte Kelter Fellbach, Fellbach
EMERGE SELECTIONS 2016, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Je Tu Il Elle, Dvir Galerie, Bruxelles
Dilemma, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
Dans un monde magnifique et furieux, Galerie Dvir, Bruxelles
afficher – ajuster – annoter – arracher – blanchir – brûler…, Musée du Papier Peint, Château de Mézières, Fribourg
(Sus)tentations, Centre d’Art Brasserie, Foncquevilliers
A Weed is a Plant Out of Place, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, curated by Allegra Pesenti
Practising habits of the day, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, curated by FormContent

Nel mezzo del mezzo, Museo RISO, Palermo, curated by Christine Macel, Bartomeu Mari and Marco Bazzin
Unendliche Bibliothek, Alte Fabrik, Gebert Stiftung für Kultur, Rapperswil-Jona, Germany curated by Alexandra Blatter
Invitation au voyage -15 ans prix Marcel Duchamp, CENTRALE for contemporary art, Bruxelles
Works on Paper, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
Work Hard: Selections by Valentin Carron, Swiss Institute, New York
The Language of Flowers, Gucci Museo, Firenze, curated by Martin Bethenod

Le Futur commence ici, Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France
L’illusione della luce, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, curated by Caroline Bourgeois
DECORUM-Carpets and tapestries by artists, Power station of Art, Shanghai
Solution de continuité, Frac Franche-Comté, Besançon
Blackboard –Whitepage, Kantonsschule Zürich, Zurich, curated by Maud Châtelet and Ana Roldán
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Bruce Conner, Latifa Echakhch, Charles Gaines, Christian Marclay, Oldenburg & van Bruggen, Paula Cooper Gallery, NewYork Revelry, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, curated by Tenzing Barshee

DECORUM, Museé d’Art Moderne, Paris, France, curated by Anne Dressen
Expo1, Moma PS1, New York
Exposition d’été: “Le Prix Marcel Duchamp 2013”, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Libourne, Libourne
Hotel Abisso, Centre d’Art Conptemporain Genève, Switzerland, curated by Andrea Bellini
Re:emerge, Towards a New Cultural Cartography, Sharjah Biennial 11, UAE, curated by YukoHasegawa

La jeunesse est un art, Aargauer Kunsthauss, Aarau
Beirut experience II, Villa Bernaconi, Grand Lancy, Genéve
Latifa Echakhch & Charlemagne Palestine, Drumming like a woodpecker
Signal, Center forContemporary Art, Malmö
All our relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, curated by Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster
Double Take, 2nd Mardin Biennal, Turkey, curated by Paolo Colombo and Lora Saraslian
Mediterraneo: Incontri o Conflitti?, Palazzo Gargasole, Gagliano del Capo, Lecce, Italy, curated by Ludovico Pratesi
Copenhagen Contemporary Art Festival, CCAF, Den Frie Center of Contemporary Art, Copenaghen, Denmark
It is what it is. Or is it?, CAMH Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, Texas,curated by Dean Daderk

The Spirit Level, Gladstone Gallery, New York, curated by Ugo Rondinone
A sculpture is not an object, kamel mennour, Abu Dhabi Art Fair, curated by Véronique Wiesinger
Example: Switzerland. Unbounding and Crossing Over as Art, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
Vaduz, Liechtenstein, curated by Roman Kurzmeyer and Friedemann Malsch
The Beirut Experience, Beirut Art Center, Beirut Acquisitions by the Gruppe Junge Kunst from 1970 to the present, Kunsthaus, Zurich
ILLUMInations, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, directed by Bice Curiger Eroi, GAM, Turin

21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
One Leading Away from Another, 303 Gallery, New York
Strange Comfort (afforded by the profession), Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, curated by Adam Szymczyk and Salvatore Lacagnina
After Architects, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, curated by Adam Szymczyk
Isole mai trovate/Island never found, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italy, curated by Lòrànd Hegyi
Leopards in the Temple, Sculpture Center, New York
La Ciudad Interpretada, The Interpreted City, Xacobeo 2010, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (CGAC),Concellería de Cultura e Centros Socioculturais de Santiago de Compostela, Auditorio de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Espagne

The Pursuit of Pleasure, Barriera, Turin, curated by Salvatore Lacagnina
Henie Onstad Art Center, Oslo
The Spectacle of the Everyday, Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, curated by Hou Hanru
Lichtzwang, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Latifa Echakhch and Lili Reynaud Dewar, Karma International, hosted by James Fuentes Gallery, New York
The space between, Gävle Konstcentrum, Gävle, Sweden, curated by Mats Stjernstedt
Shifting Identities – (Swiss) Art Today, CAC, Vilnius

Transformational Grammars, francesca kaufmann, Milan
MANIFESTA 7, Bolzano

Studio Museum, Harlem, New York
Strategies of Learning, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucarest Revolution!, Mucsarnok-Kunsthalle, Budapest
Interstices, Heteropia, 1st Biennale of Thessaloniki, Grece, curated by Jan-Erik Lundstrom
Global Feminism, Brooklyn Museum, New York curated by Maura Reilly and Linda Nochlin
Wherever we go, San Francisco Institute of Art, San Francisco and Spazio Oberdan, Milan, curated by Hou Hanru and Gabi Scardi
Open Studio, IASPIS, Stockholm, curated by Elin Strand and Magnus of Petersen

La force de l’art: laboratoire pour un avenir certain, Grand Palais, Paris, curated by Hou Hanru
Geographie d’une occupation, La Suite, Chateau Thierry, France, curated by Jonathan Loppin and Sophie Dubosc
La Fabrique, an extended field of action, AK28, Stockholm

Go Inside, Biennale de Tirana, National Gallery of Art, Tirana, curated by Hou Hanru
Looking at America, Hohenlohe & Kalb Galerie, Vienna
Timeline, Béton Salon, Paris
Just what is it that makes Today’s Homes so Different, so Appealing?, Les Subsistances, Lyon, curated by Thierry Ollat

Time Line, online exhibition (, Paris and Windows 42, London, organised by The Store
Public Relation, duo with Katinka Bock, and Public Relation, Public, Paris, curated by Antje Weitzel
Occupation #1 / Time Line (lancement), Musée d’Art Contemporain, Vitry, France, curated by Franck Lamy
Maisons Témoin, The Store, Paris

Post Diplôme de Lyon, Ateliers de la ville de Marseille, Marseille
Formen der Organisation, Kunstraum der Universität, Lüneburg and Galerie der Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Buchkunst, Leipzig, curated by Ruth Noack and Roger M.Buergel

Synchretic attitude, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, curated by Bernard Marcadé, with Ninar Esber et Santiago Reyes
Cergy Connection, curated by Bernard Marcadé, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art, Cergy-Pontoise, France ONLY
Post-Diplôme de Lyon, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris Ping, Console, Paris
Le Joli mois de Mais and – Séparaction, Ateliers des Subsistances, Lyon



2014 Zurich Art Prize 2014

2013 Prix Marcel Duchamp



2001–2002 Post Diploma, L’Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Lyon, Lyon

1999      DNSEP (félicitations du jury), l’École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Cergy-Paris

1997      DNAP (félicitations du jury), l’École Supérieure d’Art, Grenoble



2006      Iaspis, Stockholm

2005-2006 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

2004      La Box, Bourges



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