Tarek Lakhrissi and Madeleine Planeix-Crocker

On the occasion of the Paris Ass Book Fair and the publication of Tarek Lakhrissi's first collection of poems "Le sang !/Blood!" which gathers texts written between 2016 and 2022, the artist discusses with Matthieu Bonicel, head of the Foundation's publishing department and Madeleine Planeix-Crocker, associate curator.

The book is presented as a mirror in two languages, English and French, and introduces us to the themes that structure the artist's work, such as combat, the body, language and the queer minority experience.

It will be entirely designed in Lafayette Anticipations' publishing workshop, located on the ground floor of the Foundation for the duration of the fair.

Tarek Lakhrissi is a French artist and poet with a background in literature. He works across  installation, performance, film, text and sculpture, engaging with political and social issues  around transformative narratives within language, magic, weirdness, codes and love.

His background in literature draws influence from feminist and queer writers, such as Elsa  Dorlin, Jean Genet, Monique Wittig and José Esteban Muñoz, providing his work with a  romantic atmosphere. Each project Lakhrissi initiates derives from text, poetry and language,  which are his primary obsessions, before translating ideas from these mediums into the visual  arts. His profound use of language engages with performativity and reflects on poetic, erotic  and nostalgic queer futures. 

He currently teaches at CCC Research Master Program of the Visual Arts Department at HEAD (Geneva School of Art and Design). Lakhrissi has been exhibited internationally at galleries and institutions including: Museum of Contemporary Art; Biennale of Sydney (2020), Wiels; Brussels (2020), Palais de Tokyo; Paris (2020), Palazzo Re Rebaudengo/Sandretto, Guarene/Torino (2020), Quadriennale di Roma; Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2020), High Art; Paris (2020), Hayward Gallery; London (2019), Auto Italia South East; London (2019), Grand Palais, FIAC; Paris (2019), Fondation Lafayette Anticipations; Paris (2019), L’Espace Arlaud; Lausanne (2019), Zabriskie; Geneva (2019), Fondation Gulbenkian; Paris (2018), CRAC Alsace; Altkirch, France (2019), Kim?; Riga (2018), Artexte; Montreal (2017), Gaité Lyrique; Paris (2017), SMC/CAC; Vilnius (2017). He is represented by Vitrine Gallery (London - Basel) and is shortlisted for the 22nd Fondation Pernod Ricard Prize (2020-2021).

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Madeleine Planeix-Crocker is associate curator at Lafayette Anticipations.

In 2018, she founded the "Warm Up Sessions", a cycle of public and participative meetings around training practices in dance and performance. In the spring of 2021, she proposes the "Dérives" series, which aims to contribute to the writing of new histories of the arts through dialogues co-constructed with contemporary artists. Her interests lie at the crossroads of research and curation of feminist, queer and intersectional performances.

Madeleine is also co-director of the Chair "Troubles, Dissidences and Aesthetics" at the Beaux Arts de Paris and a permanent member of the Scientific Research Council of the ESAD in Reims.

A graduate of Princeton University in cultural studies, Madeleine obtained a Master's degree in Media, Art and Creation from HEC Paris and a Master's degree from EHESS. There she carried out a research-creation project with the association Women Safe, where she now runs a theatre and creative writing workshop. Madeleine is currently doing a thesis at EHESS (CRAL) on contemporary communal performance in France.

She has practiced dance and theatre since childhood.