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Akim Zerouali

We all have five senses, one of which is always more developed. For Akim Zerouali, it is the touch, especially the raw material, which seems to be at the origin of his art of sculpture. Wood reigns supreme, a proud and living material, malleable and robust at the same time whose qualities and resistances guide his hand as much as his thought or his creative will. Attempts and trials, desires and renunciations have succeeded each other over the years until the circumstances of life put him at the wall or rather face his desire to sculpt and give him the means. A studio in New York, isolated from his apartment, the freedom not to work for a living. Many fear the blank page! For Akim Zerouali, on the contrary, it was the occasion of an important revelation and production. Most of the totems, in any case upright vertical pieces, and in a few years, a colorful original work which pushes the viewer towards interior abysses, often unsuspected. The repetitiveness of the pieces pushes us towards the mother forest of each of the works, towards distant cultures! Their multitude reminds us that we belong to a world where originality results from research, not from loneliness. It was only recently that Akim made the connection with the tribe from which he descends, "the Fulani" who have carved totem poles from time immemorial. Text by C. Sportis.