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An in-your-face provocateur

Adel Abdessemed displays things we don't normally see

Left: In ''Ombre et lumière'' Adel Abdessemed videotapes a veiled woman revealing herself. Right: The artist also photographed animals on a Paris street. Left: In ''Ombre et lumière'' Adel Abdessemed videotapes a veiled woman revealing herself. Right: The artist also photographed animals on a Paris street. (Courtesy the artist and david zwirner, new york)
By Sebastian Smee
Globe Staff / October 19, 2008

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CAMBRIDGE -An unnerving, fitfully brilliant show by Algerian-born artist Adel Abdessemed at MIT's List Visual Arts Center includes video footage of a cat eating a dead rat on a Paris sidewalk. We come to the work, which is called "Birth of Love," having already noticed several smaller TV monitors showing stray cats risking human contact to drink milk from bowls. ... (Full article: 1241 words)

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