Algerian artist Karima Laraba enchants at Venice Biennale

Algerian artist Karima Laraba

 VENICE – Confirming her attachment to everything that brings her closer to her country, Algerian artist Karima Laraba took part this week in the Venice Biennale – a world cultural event that began on April 27 – highlighting her origins and a successful career of which she is proud. Living in Europe for 17 years, Karima Laraba, who trained at Beaux Arts in Algiers, clearly captivated the public. Today she is far from her family of origin.

 Her recent artistic career revolves around the city of Venice where she has lived for 10 years.
 This city "recognized me, welcomed me with interest for my paintings,” she explains. “So it’s there that I expressed all my artistic aptitude and the variety of my creations.”
 A clever mix of signs and landscapes that voluntarily oscillate between cultures belonging to distant worlds, between the traditional mask of the Venetian carnival and the expressive faces of Moorish symbolism.
 And the Italian public seems to appreciate her works and her strong character.
 “I have become a mirror through which inspiration passes and when the emotion becomes too strong it turns into work,” she said. “For me it is a natural thing and Venice, which is the city of art par excellence, has helped get my message across from the start.”
 And at each vernissage, the public is of the opinion that the imaginative potential of the Algerian artist, combined with her talent, will lead her to leave a mark on the art world, with the multiple messages behind her symbolic and highly sophisticated work.