Houda Terjuman (b. 1970, Tangier, Morocco) is a Syrian/Swiss/Moroccan visual artist who lives and works in Marrakech. Her artistic practice encompasses paintings and floating sculptures that recall the language of Surrealism and takes us on a journey throughout the Middle East, Europe and Africa. A reflection of her own multicultural experience of the world, Terjuman’s work explores identity, displacement and a search for stability. The longing for a home, symbolised by the recurring motif of the tree often juxtaposed with homely pieces of furniture or floating uprooted trees in her sculptures, becomes part of a stressful and painful process that reflects the connectivity and heterogeneity of our de-territorialised world.
Solo exhibitions include When Hope Smells Like Petichor, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2022); Galerie GVCC, Casablanca, Morocco (2021); Untold Stories at Galerie Siniya in Marrakech, Morocco (2019); Because these wings can no longer fly, an artistic project with Arts Cabinet in London, UK (2019); Un Oeil Ouvert sur le Monde Arabe, a collaboration with FFCreative Paris, for “La Nuit Blanche” at L’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France (2018); Casa Arabe, Madrid, Spain (2018); Collaboration with Alex Hammersly and Hollandridge Group, London, UK ( 2018); Taghazout Bay, Agadir, Morocco (2016).
Group exhibitions include Re-composing, The 369 Art Gallery, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy (2022); Art Dubai, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2022); Facing the Sun, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Schloss Görne, Germany (2021); Galerie Géraldine zberro, Paris, France (2021); Thinking Out Loud, Pulpo Gallery Murnau am Staffelsee, Germany (2021); Musee de la Kasbah, Tangier, Morocco (2021); Rofa Projects, Potomac, Maryland, USA (2020); Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From, Aga Kahn Museum, Toronto, Canada (2020); Galleria delle Prigioni, Luciano Benetton Foundation, Treviso, Italy (2019); Hybrid Migrant, a touring exhibition with the Agha Kahn Museum and Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton’s Global Art project, Treviso, Toronto, Vancouver, Houston, Dallas, Paris, London, Lisbon and Dubai (2019-2020); Wondrous Worlds, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany(2019), Oeuvres et Recherches, GVCC, Casablanca, Morocco (2018), Galerie 21, Geneva, Switzerland (2018);Black Sphinx II, Primae Noctis Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland (2018), La Sfinge Nera II, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy(2018), Mercedes Roldan, Madrid, Spain(2017), Merchant of Dreams, Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark (2016); Musée Mohammed VI d’Art Contemporain, Rabat, Morocco (2015); Femmes et Religion, Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc (2015).