Tarek Atoui. Copyright Locus Athens.

Tarek Atoui

The Hepworth Wakefield Leeds City Centre Wakefield City Centre Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield

Tarek Atoui is a Lebanese artist who works primarily in sound. For Yorkshire Sculpture International Atoui will continue his exploration of the material properties of sound, its connection to the body of both the performer and the audience, and his interest in the invention of new instruments and instrument-making.

Atoui will be working with people across Leeds and Wakefield to create a series of performances this summer. He will construct new instruments, scattering these across the galleries’ indoor and outdoor spaces. These will be activated regularly, creating a composition and layered soundscape that reaches across the Yorkshire Sculpture International sites. Selected instruments from each venue will travel temporarily offsite and come together in different combinations in locations across Leeds and Wakefield, creating unique performances on each occasion.

Atoui’s contribution to Yorkshire Sculpture International will be part of a project he is developing throughout the two coming years at KMNY, Sharjah Art Foundation and Castello Rivoli.

Atoui has presented work at Tate Modern as well as Sharjah Biennial 9 and 11, United Arab Emirates (2009 and 2013, respectively); the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2010); SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, South Korea (2010); the Haus Der Kunst, Munich (2010); Performa 11, New York (2011); dOCUMENTA, Kassel, Germany (2012); Serpentine Gallery, London (2012); Berlin Biennale (2014); and most recently NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (2018) and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2018).

b. 1980 Lebanon
Lives and works in Paris

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