Khalil El Ghrib
Born 1948 in Asilah (Morocco),
lives and works in Asilah (Morocco)
In his studio in Asilah, Khalil El Ghrib accumulates papers, packaging, wood covered in mosses and lichens, objects gleaned while wandering streets and seafront, objects rejected by people or waves, and which he leaves to decompose. His rarely exhibited works are reductions to the minimum: an addition of strings and whitewashed boxes of no pre-intended form, which the room’s dampness will crack into tiny bits. With this covering, he offers a future to a material asphyxiated by its past and what it has endured. Fascinated by these processes of decomposition, El Ghrib stops the material from totally disappearing by introducing it into an environment that fosters regeneration into new life forms.