1980, Beirut, Lebanon
Tarek Atoui is an artist and composer working within the realm of sound performance and composition. His work challenges traditional ways of perceiving sound and focuses on the medium’s ability to act as a catalyst for human interaction, while exploring its relation to current social, historical and political realities. Atoui’s work often revolves around large-scale, collaborative performances that stem from extensive research into music history and anthropology. He engineers complex and inventive instruments, arranges and curates concerts, performances, listening rooms and workshops. Atoui is also represented by Chantal Crousel in France and Vitamin Creative Space in China.
Atoui has presented his work internationally at Sharjah Biennial 9 and 11, United Arab Emirates (2009 and 2013, respectively); 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); NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (2018); Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2018); 58th Venice Biennale (2019); Yorkshire Sculpture International, Wakefield (2019); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2019); Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2020); Fridericianum, Kassel (2020); Bourse du Commerce - Pinault Collection, Paris (2021); The Contemporary Austin, Texas (2022); FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2022); Fondation Serralves, Porto (2022) among others.
He presented The Reverse Collection, one of his leading projects, at Tate Modern, London, and was appointed co-artistic director of the 2016 Bergen Assembly, a triennial for contemporary art in Norway.
Tarek Atoui currently lives and works in Paris, France.