Farid Belkahia

Tortures

1961–1962

Not on display

Artist
Farid Belkahia 1934–2014
Original title
Sevices
Medium
Oil paint on paper on plywood
Dimensions
Support: 1164 × 698 mm
original frame: 1193 × 730 × 25 mm
glazed overframe made in Dec 2020: 1344 × 880 × 70mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the Middle East and North Africa Acquisitions Committee 2016
Reference
T14628

Display caption

In the early 1960s, Belkahia made works that confront colonial regimes and political conflicts. This image captures the violence of the French colonial forces during the Algerian War of Independence (1954-62). Belkahia carved the figure out of the paint. This may relate to the physical torture of the Algerian figure by the French colonial forces. Belkahia returned to Morocco in 1962, six years after Moroccan independence from French colonial rule. He became a key member of the Casablanca Group of artists. They rejected the influence of Western European education and art history. The group believed in creating a civic art practice rooted in traditional Moroccan arts and visual culture.

Gallery label, June 2021

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