ITHACA, NEW YORK.- The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art located at Cornell University presents "Rachid Koraichi: Path of Roses/Beirut’s Poem/A Nation in Exile," curated by Salah Hassan. This exhibition features two sets of works by the prominent Algerian artist Rachid Koraichi The first set of works by Koraichi, represents his most recent installation entitled The Path of Roses III (Tariq al-ward III) . This trilogy was first exhibited at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001 as part of the exhibition Authentic/Ex-Centric , organized by the Forum for African Arts and curated by Salah Hassan and Olu Oguibe. The second set of work pays homage to Mahmoud Darwish, the renowned Palestinian poet, and features a new series of 42 prints based on Darwish’s famous epic Beirut’s Poem , in addition to 42 of Koraichi’s earlier series of prints based on selected poems by Darwish and entitled A Nation in Exile .
Born in 1947, Koraichi, like many other Algerian artists and intellectuals, now lives and works in Paris, France. His artistic training includes, among studies in various schools, diplomas from the Higher Institute of Fine Art in Algeria, and the Superior National School of Arts, the National School of Decorative Arts, and the School of Urban Studies in Paris. Koraichi has participated in many exhibitions including many international exhibitions including Global Conceptualism at the Queens Museum of Art, New, the prestigious 47th and 49th Venice Biennales, Italy, and the 1997’s Havana Biennale. His work is included in several major private and public collections worldwide. The exhibition is funded by grants the Middle East Center for Culture and Development (MECCAD) and the Ford Foundation.