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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 represented Switzerland in the 59th Venice Biennale (2022). Her work has been exhibited internationally in solo exhibitions in museums such as BPS22 Charleroi (2020); Kunsthalle Mainz; Fondazione Memmo, Rome (2019); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; The Nouveau Musee National de Monaco (2018); The Power Plant, Toronto (2016); Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2015); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Kunsthalle Basel, Basel; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio (2012); GAMeC, Bergamo; MACBA, Barcelona (2010); Swiss Institute, New York; Fridericianum, Kassel (2009); Tate Modern, London (2008) and many others.

Latifa Echakhch  has participated to the 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017); Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kerala (2016); 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012); 54th Venice Biennale (2011); 10th Biennale de Lyon (2009); Manifesta 7, 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 liechtenstein; 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 exhibitions

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys, Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun
Biennale internationale du son, Valais


Selected solo exhibitions

Messeplatz Project, Art Basel, Basel
Ricordi di Campo, kaufmann repetto, Milan
Waves, kulturna ustanova galerija kula, split

Latifa Echakhch: Night Time, Pace Gallery, London
Latifa Echakhch & Zineb Sedira For a Brief Moment […] Several Times
, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel
the concert, Swiss Pavillion, 59th Venice Biennale, Venice
Horizon, kamel mennour, paris

Story Line, Swiss Institute, Rome
Miroir du ciel / 20th anniversary of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, EAC Espace de l’Art Concret contemporary art center, Mouans-Sartoux
Corps à Corps, with Miriam Cahn, galerie Bernheim Jeune, Paris

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
Partition pour main et masse, CUBE, TLH-Sierre, Switzerland

Romance, Fondazione Memmo, Rome
Magnolias, kamel mennour, London
Freedom and Tree, Kunsthalle Mainz, mainz
Several Times, Dvir Gallery, Brussels

Partition pour main et masse, La Chapelle Saint-Jacques – centre d’art contemporain, Saint Gaudens
Sensory Spaces 14, Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam
Les Figures, Kamel Mennour, Paris
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

Screen Shot, 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

L’air du temps, 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
Cabinet of curiosities, Dommuseum, Salzburg

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

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, 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

soft and weak like water, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
fous-volants, hangar y, meudon

jusque-là, Le Fresnoy / Pinault Collection, Tourcoing
The Impermanent Collection, GAMeC, Bergamo
Latifa Echakhch & Zineb Sedira. For a Brief Moment […] Several Times, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel
Transformation-matière, Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet, Le Brassus
Rouge Odyssée, De Renava – Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Bonifacio
À l’oeil nu, Galerie Michel Journiac, Paris
Soudain dans la forêt profonde, kamel mennour, Paris

Tremblements, Acquisitions récentes du Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, NMNM
Villa Paloma, Monaco
Ellis Island, Jewish Museum of Belgium, Brussels
The Location of Lines, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
The clouds and the cloud, Museum of Contemporary Art e.V., Siegen
Jours blancs, kamel mennour, Paris
and on the eyes/ black sleep of night, Dvir, Brussels

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
News from home, Dvir Gallery, Brussels

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
The Zone, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
Your footsteps are the road, for there is no road, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing

International Contemporary Art Exhibition: Armenia 2018 (ICAE)
Arsenal Contemporary, New York
The Present is Ancient, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Kedem – Kodem – Kadima, CCA, Tel Aviv
Stories of Almost Everyone, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
‘2817’, Dvir Gallery, Brussels
Revolutionize, Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum, Kiev
PERSONA GRATA. L’ART CONTEMPORAIN INTERROGE L’HOSPITALITÉ, Musée National de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris
Dance to the Music of Time, Dvir Gallery, Brussels
Not a Single Story, The Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg
The Reservoir of Modernism, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
L’Atlas des Nuages, Fondation François Schneider, Wattwiller
Bridging the Gap: A Selection of Nominees of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Tsinghua University Art Museum, China

A good Neighbor, 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
MACBA Collection. Beneath the Surface, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Innocent Material, Dvir Gallery, Brussels
Black & Brown People – White Problems, Samson Projects, Boston
High Tension: 8 Winners of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing
Screen Shot, Art Parcours, Art Basel 2017, Basel

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
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
(Sus)tentations, Centre d’Art Brasserie, Foncquevilliers
A Weed is a Plant Out of Place, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore
Practising habits of the day, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore
Unendliche Bibliothek, Alte Fabrik, Gebert Stiftung für Kultur, Rapperswil
afficher – ajuster – annoter – arracher – blanchir – brûler…, Musée du Papier peint, Château de Mézières, Fribourg

Nel mezzo del mezzo, Museo RISO, Palermo
Unendliche Bibliothek, Alte Fabrik, Gebert Stiftung für Kultur, Rapperswil-Jona
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
A REPUBLIC OF ART: French Regional Collections of Contemporary Art. From
the 80’s to Today, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
O Museu a Haver, Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora

Le Futur commence ici, Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque
L’illusione della luce, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
DECORUM-Carpets and tapestries by artists, Power station of Art, Shanghai
Solution de continuité, Frac Franche-Comté, Besançon
Blackboard –Whitepage, Kantonsschule Zürich
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Bruce Conner, Latifa Echakhch, Charles Gaines, Christian Marclay, Oldenburg & van Bruggen, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Revelry, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
Rumeurs du Météore, 49 Nord 6 Est, Frac Lorraine, Metz
Everyone Has a Name, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
Bielefeld Contemporary – Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Bielefelder Privatsammlungen, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld
Carte Blanche, Metropolitan Art Society (MAS), Beirut
Les Arpenteurs, Saline Royale, Arc-et-Senans
…Revelry, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
30/60 opere dalla collezione del frac champagne-ardenne, Museo Marino Marini, Florence
Triennale Valais Wallis 2014, Triennale Valais Wallis, Sierre
Boursier-Mougenot, Conner, Echakhch, Gaines, Marclay, Oldenburg/van Bruggen, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Les yeux seuls sont encore capables de pousser un cri, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv

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

La jeunesse est un art, Aargauer Kunsthauss, Aarau
Beirut experience II, Villa Bernaconi, Grand Lancy, Genéve
Drumming like a woodpecker, Signal, Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö
Latifa Echakhch & Charlemagne Palestine, Drumming like a woodpecker, Signal, Center forContemporary Art, Malmö
All our relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney
Double Take, 2nd Mardin Biennal
Mediterraneo: Incontri o Conflitti?, Palazzo Gargasole, Gagliano del Capo, Lecce
Copenhagen Contemporary Art Festival, CCAF, Den Frie Center of Contemporary Art, Copenaghen
It is what it is. Or is it?, CAMH Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Latifa Echakhch & David Maljkovic, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel

Volume!, MACBA, Barcelona
The Spirit Level, Gladstone Gallery, New York
A sculpture is not an object, kamel mennour,
Example: Switzerland. Unbounding and Crossing Over as Art, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
The Beirut Experience, Beirut Art Center
Acquisitions by the Gruppe Junge Kunst from 1970 to the present, Kunsthaus, Zurich
ILLUMInations, 54th Venice Biennale
You are not alone, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
Eroi, GAM, Turin
Everything You Can Imagine Is Real…, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels

21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
One Leading Away from Another, 303 Gallery, New York
Strange Comfort (afforded by the profession), Kunsthalle Basel
After Architects, Kunsthalle Basel
Isole mai trovate/Island never found, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa
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

The Pursuit of Pleasure, Barriera, Turin
Henie Onstad Art Center, Oslo
The Spectacle of the Everyday, Biennale de Lyon
Lichtzwang, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
Latifa Echakhch and Lili Reynaud Dewar, Karma International, hosted by James Fuentes Gallery, New York
The space between, Gävle Konstcentrum, Gävle
Shifting Identities – (Swiss) Art Today, CAC, Vilnius
Invasion of Sound, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Varsovie
10 printemps en automne, Kamel Mennour, Paris
The space between, Gävle Konstcentrum, Gävle

Transformational Grammars, francesca kaufmann, Milan
MANIFESTA 7, Bolzano
ArtFocus 2008, Jerusalem Foundation, Jerusalem
Shifting Identities – (Swiss) Art Today, Kunsthaus Zürich
Flow, Studio Museum Harlem, New York
The space between, Museum Anna Norlander, Skelleftea
Too Early for Vacation, of EV+A 08, Limerick
Art & Entrepreneurship, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Moscow, New York, Berlin, London

Studio Museum, Harlem, New York
Strategies of Learning, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucarest
Revolution!, Mucsarnok-Kunsthalle, Budapest
Interstices, Heteropia, 1st Biennale of Thessaloniki
Global Feminism, Brooklyn Museum, New York
Wherever we go, San Francisco Institute of Art, San Francisco and Spazio Oberdan, Milan
Open Studio, IASPIS, Stockholm
Points de vue, Institut Culturel Roumain, Paris
Urbanologica, Latvian Center for contemporary art, Riga
We can’t be stopped, Nuke galerie, Paris
?Revolution!, CAC Passerelle, Brest

La force de l’art: laboratoire pour un avenir certain, Grand Palais, Paris
Geographie d’une occupation, La Suite, Chateau Thierry
La Fabrique, an extended field of action, AK28, Stockholm
Wherever we go, Milan
Revolution!, Haus Hungarn, Berlin
Strategies of Learning, Periferic 7 – Biennial, Lasi
Ça s’ouvre? ça s’ouvre pas?, Ateliers de la ville de Marseille
Langues Entremêlées, Espace Culturel François Mitterrand, Périgueux

Go Inside, Biennale de Tirana, National Gallery of Art, Tirana
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
Escape Espace, Speelhoven, Aarshot

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

Post Diplôme de Lyon, Ateliers de la ville de Marseille
Formen der Organisation, Kunstraum der Universität, Lüneburg and Galerie der Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Buchkunst, Leipzig

Synchretic attitude, Silpakorn University, Bangkok
Cergy Connection, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art, Cergy-Pontoise
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


public collections

Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris
Centre Pompidou, Paris
BPS22 Charleroi
ALT Collection, Turin
Fiorucci Art Trust, Rome
Fondation Ricola, Laufen
FRAC Champagne Ardenne, Reims
FRAC nord Pas de CalaiS, Dunkerque
FRAC Pays de Loire, Carquefou
François Pinault Foundation, Paris
Galila Barzilai-Hollander
GAMeC Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo
Giuliani collection, Rome
Kunstmuseum liechtenstein, vaduz
Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes
Kunsthaus Zürich
IAC, Miami
La Gaia, Busca
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, los angeles
Marciano Art Collection, Los Angeles
Memmo Foundation, Rome
National Museum of Canada
Nouveau Musee National de Monaco, monaco
Shlesinger collection, Toronto
Swiss Re, Zurich
Museu d’Art contemporani, Barcelona
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, South Brisbane



2015 Zurich Art Prize 2014

2013 Prix Marcel Duchamp

2011 Mies van der Rohe-Stipendium



2006 Iaspis, Stockholm

2005-06 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

2004 La Box, Bourges



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



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