Adel Abdessemed (born in Constantine, Algeria, 1971 grew up in Northern Algeria’s Aurès mountain area. He attended the Fine Arts School in Batna, Algeria and the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts Algiers. In 1992, a military coup toppled the Algerian government (from 1992-2000 violence is estimated to have claimed over 100,000 Algerian lives, and some rights watch groups claim the death toll to have been more than 200,000). In 1994, Adel Abdessemed left the country for France, where he enrolled in the École nationale des beaux arts in Lyon.
In 1999, Abdessemed moved to Paris where he lived in the Cité des Arts and began to exhibit his work. He was awarded a residency at P.S.1 in New York in 2000-2001. He lived for a time in Berlin, but has resided in Paris since 2004. Abdessemed’s solo exhibitions include FRAC Champagne Ardenne (2004) and Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv (2006). In 2006 Abdessemed was included in Notre Histoire at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. In 2006, he created a major exhibition of installations and photos at Le Plateau in Paris called Practice Zero Tolerance. His recent powerful solo exhibition at Le Magasin in Grenoble, France included Telle mère, tel fils. In 2007, he showed with Galerie Kamel Mennour (Paris) at the Armory Show in New York, was included in the Istanbul Biennial and in Robert Storr’s Venice Biennale presentation Think with the Senses–Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense, and returned to P.S.1 for a solo exhibition. In 2008 Abdessemed was featured in a solo exhibition at Christine König Galerie, Vienna. His work is in the collections of Mamco–musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, and Fundación NMAC–Montenmedio Arte Contemporáneo, Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz.