Rachid KoraïchiMeet the Algerian artist building cemeteries.

Rachid KoraïchiMeet the Algerian artist building cemeteries.

Issue 47

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Arts & Culture

  • Words Daphnée Denis
  • Photograph © Laurent Boullard. Courtesy of October Gallery/Aicon Gallery

From artist to gravedigger. That’s how Algerian painter and sculptor Rachid Koraïchi describes the evolution of his work. Born in a family of Quranic scholars, Koraïchi puts his faith at the center of his work, exploring spirituality and philosophy through sculpture, painting and calligraphy. For years, he has used his craft to build burial sites for those discarded by society, most recently designing Garden of Africa on the shores of Zarzis, Tunisia, where the bodies of migrants who drowned trying to reach Europe wash up routinely.1 In late 2022, after a migrant ship carrying villagers from Zarzis capsized, and people from the village, including children, were mistakenly buried in unidentified graves at the Garden of Africa instead of in the local cemetery, the town’s residents p...

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