Tarek Atoui


Tarek Atoui is an artist and composer, working within the realm of sound. His work often revolves around performances that develop from extensive research into music history and tradition, and explore new methods of collaboration and production. At the core of his work is an ongoing reflection on the notion of instrument and how it overlaps with the acts of composing and performing. Atoui’s use of sound challenges and expands our established ways of understanding and experiencing this medium. His project WITHIN, for instance, departs from Deaf Culture to find new ideas for building instruments, composing and performing. On The Reverse Collection, instruments of unknown age and origin in an anthropology museum, get played and recorded then a new collection of instruments is created from exclusively listening to these recordings. Atoui has presented his work internationally at the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates (2009 and 2013); the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (2010); Mediacity Biennial in Seoul (2010); the Haus Der Kunst in Munich (2010); Performa 11 in New York (2011); dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany (2012); the Serpentine Gallery in London (2012); the 8th Berlin Biennial (2014), the KunstenFestivaldesArts in Brussels (2017) and The Mirrored Gardens Space in Guangzhou, China (2017). He recently presented the Reverse Collection one of his leading projects at the Tate Modern in London and was appointed co-artistic directors of the 2016 Bergen Assembly, a triennial for contemporary art in Norway. Tarek Atoui currently lives and works in Paris, France.