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Adel Souki

Artist's Work

Ceramic Saint Mummies


    Work introduction

    In 2000 I felt it was unnecessary to keep the small sculptures of religious saints that I had produced when I started in ceramics. I wanted to eliminate what I did; At this time, the images of the saints were no longer necessary to understand the religious world in which I was brought up, which made me accept the mysteries of the world and live with the idea of finitude. Everything had already been transfigured. Instead of eliminating them, I incorporated them into another work. I tried to mummify each of these objects that had once meant absolute truths.  With cloths, scraps of old sheets and bandages of great pain, soaked in slip, I wrapped the images preserving their affective meanings.

    Artist Biography



    Lives and works in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

    Graduated in Fine Arts, Escola Guignard - UEMG - Belo Horizonte, 1982.

    Individual Exibitions

    - “Mil Moradas e Uma” Thousands Houses and One - Palácio das Artes Gallery, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2009.

    - “Como Fazer uma Casa" How to make a house - Cemig Arts Gallery, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2003.

    - Fundação de Arte de Ouro Preto, Ouro Preto, Brazil, 1985.

    Colletive exibitions

    - 11ª Exposição de Arte Bunkyo, São Paulo, Brazil, 2017 (invited artist)

    - ”Friends and Fire-mates” - Apple House Gallery, Guldagergaard, Denmark, 2011.

    - Cerâmica Tradicional e Contemporânea - Galeria da Escola Guignard, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2010.

    -  VI Salão Nello Nuno - Palácio das Artes Gallery, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1981 (award).



    - 2019 “Adel Souki Contaminations between Clay and Fire”, Croma 13 magazine, University of Lisboa Portugal.

    - 2016 Documentary: Tv Assembléia - “Adel Souki: modelagem cerâmica e queima de argila” - Belo Horizonte.

    - 2015 “An Anagama in the Brazilian Countryside - Adel Souki” - The Log Book - Republic of Ireland.

    - 2013 Video: “Adel Souki - Série Professores Artistas” - UFMG.

    - 2007 Book: Souki, Adel. “Adel Souki Depoimento” - Belo Horizonte  - C/Arte – 2007.

    - 2007 Video: “Adel Souki” C/Arte Projetos.

    Recent works

    - Invited artist as ceramic UFMG - Belas Artes - 2010

    - Coordinator with João Cristeli  the “Clay Culture and Research Group” at the Federal University - UFMG  since 2013.