Born in 1974 in El Khnansa (Morocco), LATIFA ECHAKHCH lives and works between Vevey and Martigny (Switzerland). Kamel Mennour and Latifa Echakhch have been working together since 2009.
Driven by the necessity to counter certain prejudices, contradictions, and stereotypes in our society, she isolates and questions materials that are symbolic for these phenomena.
In 2007, Echakhch presented A chaque stencil une révolution at Le Magasin, Grenoble, as part of her first solo museum exhibition. Latifa Echakhch’s work has since been presented in France and abroad in numerous solo exhibitions: at Kunsthaus in Zurich, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the macLYON in Lyon, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, MACBA in Barcelona, FRI ART in Friborg, Frac Champagne-Ardenne in Reims, Swiss Institute in New York, Tate Modern in London, Le Magasin in Grenoble; as well as group exhibitions; and as part of the Istanbul Biennial, the 54th Venice Biennial, the 11th Sharjah Biennial, the Jerusalem Art Focus Biennial and the Manifesta 7 in Bolzano. In 2018, her work has been exhibited at KIOSK in Ghent, the New National Museum of Monaco, Contemporary Copenhagen, Denmark, and in 2019 at the Memmo Foundation in Rome, Italy.
Echakhch won the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2013. As Alfred Pacquement, then-Director of the Centre Pompidou and head of the jury for the award, said of the artist at the time, “Her work, between surrealism and conceptualism, questions with economy and precision the importance of symbols and reflects the fragility of modernism.”
In 2015, Echakhch presented Screen Shot at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, and she was awarded the Zurich Art Prize.
Latifa Echakhch will represent Switzerland at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022.