© Galerie Templon / Photography: Diane Arques

Hailing from the South of France, Abdelkader Benchama graduated in drawing from the Ecole des beaux-arts in Paris. The artist is strongly influenced by theories of astrophysics and cosmology, and explores natural and primordial forms of matter along the way. For his current show at Galerie Templon in Paris, entitled Engramme, Benchamma marks a new chapter in his career, moving towards further physical density. The artist created the a striking mural which spreads throughout the gallery space and interacts with the drawings displayed on its surface. It combines immersive murals and drawings, multiplying the numbers of layers which serves to challenge our interpretation of images and their survival.

Interestingly, Benchamma examined neurophysiological research on the engram, a biological trace of memories in the brain. The artist created an installation for the gallery combining immersive murals and drawings, multiplying the number of layers which serve to challenge our interpretation of images and their survival. From the celestial to terrestrial, mental recollections to the materiality of marble, Benchamma conjures apparitions, symbols, forbidden representations and unconscious visions in an exploration of two questions: how is humanity programmed to understand images? What is belief in today’s world (on through May 19). Location: Galerie Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg (Etienne Marcel).

© Galerie Templon / Photography: Diane Arques