Rachida Triki


Date and place of birth: 1949, Algiers, Algeria

Living place: Tunis, Tunisia

Theme: aesthetics, art

ECC Participation: panel member

photo: private archive

Rachida Triki is a philosopher, art critic, curator and lecturer. In her professional activities she combines theoretical and academic engagement with curatorial work. As she says herself, she was “always eager to getting academics and artists together”.

“In an Arabo-Islamic country, it is important that artists remind and highlight the significance of the body in the private, social, and cultural life.”

Triki is a professor of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art at Tunis University; president of Tunisian Aesthetic Association; vice president of the International Society of Poetics; founding member of the Mediterranean Aesthetics Society (Athens, since 2002) and delegate member of International Association for Aesthetics. She organized many international conferences and seminars on arts and aesthetics. She also cooperated with several arts festivals, like f.e. International Cultural Festival of Sfax (Tunisia 1992-1996) and Arts Festival of Mahares (Tunisia 1998 - 2002), where she was a member of the Scientific Committee. In 2008 she worked as an expert to the DAK’ART Dak’Art Biennial of Contemporary African Art, where she co-organized conference “Creating in Africa: Arts as resistance and meaning”. She has produced 24 documentaries on Tunisian contemporary painters, filming them in their workplace (Tunisia TV).

As a curator Triki prepared numerous exhibitions in Europe and Africa including: “La part du corps” (2010) and “Proximity” (2009) in Tunisian Museum of Art, Palais Kheïreddine, Tunis; “Without borders” in the 30th Pontevedra Biennial of Contemporary Art Spain (co-curator for Tunisian artists), July 2008; “Contact Zone” in The Contemporary African Art at The National Museum of Mali (for north African artists), Bamako, September 2007; “Eros et le tragique” , Inimages in Galerie Hasdrubal, Tunisia 2002; “D’ici et de là-bas” in Alizés, Brussels, September 2001.

She regularly contributes to the art magazines and publications, such as “Recherches Poïétiques”, “Art in”, and “Canvas”, an international bi-monthly magazine dedicated to art and culture from the Middle East and Arab world. Among the subjects she writes about are the aesthetics of the pictorial time, Tunisian female painters, or the idea of the image in the theories by Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, and Jean-François Lyotard. Her books include: “L’image, ce que l’on voit ce que l’on crée” (Larousse, France, 2009); “Paintings in Hasdrubal” (Tunis 2002; translated into French, Arabic and German), “Esthétique et politique à la Renaissance” (Publications de l'Université de Tunis, Tunis 1986).

During the Tunisian revolution 2010/2011, Rachida Triki, as a member of the Tunisian Association of Aesthetics and Poetics signed an appeal with postulates of democratisation of culture, supporting free and independent art criticism, young artists and cultural NGOs.

As a participant of the European Culture Congress, Rachida Triki will take part in the discussion “Culture in action”.

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