[ISEA2017] Artist Statement: Hicham Berrada — Presage

Artist Statement

The work of Berrada, who starts from his studies in art and science, unites both intuition and knowledge, science and poetry. In his work he explores scientific protocols that imitate, very closely, different natural processes and / or climatic conditions. “I try to master the phenomena that I use in my works, just as a painter dominates their colors and brushes. As brushes and colors I use heat, cold, magnetism and light.”

  • Hicham Berrada (France), born in 1986 in Casablanca (Morocco), is a Franco-Moroccan artist, specializing in contemporary art and installations. Creator of constantly evolving chemical works, his process is similar of a painter. Their exhibitions bring together art and scientific research. In 2003, he embarked on scientific studies in Casablanca, in 2006 he entered the School of Fine Arts in Paris, and in 2011 he joined Le Fresnoy (National Study of Contemporary Arts). Hicham Berrada creates constantly evolving, relevant forms of Art in progress, using chemicals such as silicates, carbonates and sulfates, which react and precipitate into glass vats (type of beaker) in a few liters of solution “made in House “, or in a bucket of five thousand liters of water (Arche work, 2013). These shapes in motion depend on the experimental conditions (nature and concentrations of reactants, temperature, etc.).  hichamberrada.com