Houda Terjuman is a Syrian/Swiss/Moroccan visual artist. Born (1970) in Tangier, Morocco. She lives and works in Marrakech. Her artistic practice encompasses paintings and floating sculptures that recalls the language of Surrealism and takes us on a journey throughout the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Terjuman’s work, a reflection of her own multicultural experience of the world, 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 in her paintings 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.
Terjuman has exhibited widely and internationally since 2002, in solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, renowned international art fairs as well as prestigious museums and institutions such as L’Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris), the Musée d’Art Contemporain Mohammed VI(Rabat), the Aga Kahn Museum (Toronto), Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton’s global Art Project (Treviso) and The Luciano Benetton Foundation. Recent solo exhibitions include, Untold Stories at Galerie Siniya in Marrakech, Morocco (2019); Because these wings can no longer fly, an artistic project with Arts Cabinet inLondon,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). Recent group exhibitions include Facing the Sun, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Schloss Görne, Germany (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).