"Even though I will eternally feel foreign and possibly always displaced, I have earned

through my experience an incredible strength which comes from the power of mobility, and the sense of freedom brought to me through the multitude of roots, languages and cultures I have grown up with. It is precisely in this fine space between the ideal that a new life in a new place can offer, mixed with the regret of loss and nostalgia that is carried through the process of migration, that I have chosen to situate my practice and through which I work to represented feelings of floating freedom, but also of fear and insecurity."

Houda Terjuman is a Swiss and Syrian visual artist. She was born and lives in Morocco. 

In her floating sculptures she takes us on a journey through the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Her work explores identity, displacement and stability. The search of a home becomes a stressful and painful process that shows the connectivity and heterogeneity of our de-territorialised world.

Houda Terjuman is present in galleries, contemporary art fairs, museums and institutions such as Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris , Musee d'Art Contemporain Mohammed VI in Rabat, Aga Khan Museum in Toronto and Imago Mundi Luciano Benetton foundation.
 
Artist's Statement
The history of my practice is overwhelmingly informed by my status as a hybrid migrant, a condition associated to second generation migrants. My father is Syrian, my mother Swiss and I was born in Morocco. I am therefore African. The transient nature of my evolution as a person and as an artist opened up fascinating ways of playing with representation in art. 

My father as a first generation migrant used to tell us that we had no safety net and the integration in another country was necessary. However, I chose to refuse the concept and the practice of assimilation and instead, I cherished the status of hybridity which to me, offers a rich mix of backgrounds, voices, and belongings. 

Even though I will eternally feel foreign and possibly always displaced, I have earned through my experience an incredible strength which comes from the power of mobility, and the sense of freedom brought to me through the multitude of roots, languages and cultures I have grown up with. 

It is precisely in this fine space between the ideal that a new life in a new place can offer, mixed with the regret of loss and nostalgia that is carried through the process of migration, that I have chosen to situate my practice and through which I work to represent feelings of floating freedom, but also of fear and insecurity. 

My sculptures and paintings are little familiar objects that weave stories. These small objects act as bearers of hope and bridges making the link between cultures. An empty chair symbolises what we left behind and keeps us connected to our roots. A lonely boat, is a bearer of hope. A floating bridge invites us to build connections and empathy towards the unknown.
 
Solo Shows

2022 Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery. London. UK.
2021 Galerie GVCC. Casablanca. Morocco.
2019 Galerie Siniya 28 Untold stories. Marrakech. Morocco.
2019 Artistic research project "because these wings are no longer wings to fly" with Arts Cabinet. London. UK.
2019 Art Research and Migration Worshop- Goldsmiths College 25 april. London. UK.
2018 Performance Art live at l Institut du Monde Arabe during la Nuit Blanche "un oeil ouvert sur le monde arabe with the collaboration of ffcreative. Paris. France.
2018 Casa arabe. Madrid. Spain.
2018 Collaboration with Alex Hammersly and Hollandridge Group. London. UK.
2016 Taghazout BayAgadir. Morocco.
2014 Galerie fan-dok. Rabat. Morocco.
2013 Voice Gallery. Marrakech. Morocco.
2011 Galerie Dar d’art Tanger. Morocco.
2008 Galerie d'art Espace Expressions CDG. Rabat. Morocco.
2008 Lawrence Arnott Gallery Tanger. Morocco.
2007 Galeria Hibiscus Lisbonne. Portugal.
2006 Courtyard Gallery Dubaï. 
2005 Espace Caliga Tunis. Tunisia.
2005 Galeria Espai-B. Barcelona. Spain.
2004 Galeries artitude. Paris. France.
2004 Galerie art et miss. Paris. France.
2004 Lawrence Arnott Gallery. Tangier. Morocco.
2004 Qoubba Galerie. Marrakech. Morocco.
2003 Galerie KM 8. Essaouira. Morocco.
2003 Galerie Bassamat. Casablanca. Morocco. 
2003 Lawrence Arnott Gallery. Tangier. Morocco.
2002 Galerie Bassamat. Casablanca. Morocco.
 
Group Shows
2022 "Don't Ask me Where I'm From" touring exhibition Aga Khan Museum Imago Mundi. Art Gallery of Alberta. Edmonton. Canada.
2021 "Thinking out Loud" PULPO GALLERY. Murnau am Staffelsee. Germany.
2021 Galerie Géraldine zberro. Paris. France.
2020 Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery. London, United Kingdom
2020 "Don't Ask Me Where Im From" Aga Khan Museum. Toronto. Canada.
2019 Gallerie delle Prigioni. Luciano Benetton Foundation. Italy.
2019/2020 Touring exhibition with the Aga Khan Museum and Imago Mundi " hybrid migrant " Treviso, Toronto ,Vancouver, Houston, Dallas, Paris,  London, Lisbon and Dubai.
2019 "Wondrous Worlds" Galerie Michael Haas. Berlin. Germany.
2019" Œuvres et recherches" Galerie GVCC. France.
2018 Galerie 21. Geneva. Switzerland.
2018 "BLACK SPHINX II" Primae Noctis Gallery. Lugano. Switzerland.
2018 "GVCC" Casablanca. Morocco.
2018 Henley Festival. Henley-on-Thames. UK.
2018 ‘’ La Sfinge Nera II’’  Primo Marella Gallery. Milan. Italy.
2017 Mercedes Roldan. Madrid. Spain.
2017 Wanson Art Gallery. Marbella. Spain.
2016 Exposition collective. MMVI Rabat. Morocco.
2016 "Merchants of dreams" Brandts 13. Denmark.
2016 "Merchants of dreams" Viborg Kunsthal. Denmark.
2015 Musee Mohammed VI d’art contemporain. Rabat. Morocco.
2015 "Luxury is dirt" Voice Gallery. Marrakech. Morocco.
2015 "Femmes et religion" Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc.
2014 "Femmes et religion exposition itinerante" Galerie Fan Dok.
2009 Galerie Noir sur blanc. Marrakech. Morocco.
2009 Villa des arts fondation Mohammed VI. Rabat. Morocco.
2008 Salon d’art et nature coubron. France.
2008 Galerie Dar d’art Tangier. Morocco.
2007 Galleria 18. Bologna. Italy.
2007 La pépinière d’art et nature espace Champerret France  
2005 Lawrence Arnott Gallery. Tangier. Morocco
2005 Galeries artitude. Paris. France.
2004 Galerie art et miss. Paris. France.
2004 La femme et l art espace CDG Rabat. Morocco.
2002 Lawrence Arnott Gallery. Tangier. Morocco.
2000 Lawrence Arnott Gallery. Tangier. Morocco.
2000 Marbella club marbella

Art Fairs
2021 Art Miami art fairs Art Winwood. Miami. USA.
2020 Intersect Chicago. USA.
2020 SWAB Art Fair. Barcelona. Spain
2020 1:54 African Contemporary Art Fair. Marrakech. Morocco.
2019 Art Nocturne. Knocke art fair. Belgium.
2019 Art Bodensee. Dornbin. Austria.
2018 VOLTA SHOW 14. Basel. Switzerland.
2017 AKAA Art Fair. Paris. France.
2016 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. London. UK.
2015  1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. London. UK.
2014 ARTISSIMA Art Fair Turin. Italy.