Soufiane Ababri

13 Mar-23 Jun 2024

Barbican Art Gallery
London EC2Y 8DS


Moroccan-born artist Soufiane Ababri will transform The Curve for his first solo exhibition at a major UK institution.

Ababri’s drawings and performances are inspired by real and fictitious encounters, drawing on the artist’s own hybrid identity as a gay Arab man; as well as his diverse knowledge of film, music, and history. With references to the canon of Western gay subculture, and the worlds of art and literature, Ababri’s unique perspective draws on both Western and non-Western experiences to shine a light on the gaze of minority groups and address the imbalances in the way history and art history have been written.

He's exhibited in institutions worldwide with solo and group shows across Paris, Berlin, London and Los Angeles. His work is included in the collections of the MAC/VAL and the FRAC Pointou-Charentes in France, as well as the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakesh, Morocco, and X Museum in Beijing, China.