If you open the eyes of a blind man he wants to go back to the darkness.
Originally from North Africa, from present-day "Algeria" and more precisely from the region of the mountains of Kabylia, affiliated with the Igawawen of the Nath Irathen arc and of the Amazigh heritage, Berirouche Feddal (Vrirouc nat uqassi, ⵠⵔⵉⵔⵓⵛ ⵏⴰⵝ ⵓⴽⴰⵙⵉ ) is a Montreal artist recognized for his transdisciplinarity. He obtained his bachelor's degree in printed media from Concordia University in 2020. He is currently pursuing a graduate diploma in management of cultural organizations at HEC Montréal and will soon begin a blown glass technique at Cégep du Old Montreal. His work has notably been presented at Bradley Ertaskiran (Montréal, Canada), ARTCH-Emerging Contemporary Art (Montréal, Canada), Galerie Laroche / Joncas (Montreal, Canada), Conserverie Marrakech (Marrakech, Morocco), Maison de la culture de la Rivière-des-Prairies (Montreal, Canada), Fofa Gallery (Montreal, Canada) and Stewart Hall Gallery (Montreal, Canada).
The artistic approach in Berirouche Feddal explores themes of historical violence, migration, African popular culture, personal memories and religious symbolism. He actively looks at how the experience of the spectator's body in space helps to understand his culture and identity. Refusing to abdicate his culture, his language and his identity, the artist exploits subjects linked to his person and his environment by mixing discoveries, anecdotes and, sometimes, revolt. Tracing his African Amazigh origins through the collection of biographical photographs, he mixes past and present in a set of works that could be understood as fragmented self-portraits, evoking the fragility of memories and the mark left by our past experiences.