Rachid Koraïchi’s Migratory Aesthetics

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The artwork of Paris-based artist Rachid Koraïchi, one of the leading Arab artists of his generation, is steeped in the aesthetics of Sufism and distinctive in its thematic integration of migration, memory, and mourning. The perilous migratory movements that characterize our contemporary culture are a central preoccupation in his creations. One of Koraïchi’s most important projects is the newly opened Le Jardin d’Afrique (The Garden of Africa) in southern Tunisia. The paradisical garden cemetery was created to honour and commemorate the increasing number of refugees and migrants who have drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea while attempting to reach asylum in Europe. Inspired by decolonial thinkers such as Walter Mignolo, the article addresses the “migratory aesthetics” (Bal 2007) of Koraïchi’s project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-145
Number of pages30
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022
EventLieux saints en Méditerranée: Entre partage et partition - MUCEM, Marseille, France
Duration: 3 Jun 20155 Feb 2023

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 603101 Aesthetics
  • 601022 Contemporary history
  • 603905 Islam
  • 504017 Cultural anthropology


  • Aesthetics
  • Migration
  • Refugees
  • Migratory aesthetics
  • Rachid Koraïchi
  • Sufism
  • Multi-faith garden cemetery

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