Tarek Atoui on Forgotten Lives, Whales and Haider Ackermann

The artist responds to ten questions

Illustration from Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, 1851. Courtesy and photograph: Culture Club/ Getty Images

What images keep you company in the space where you work?
I don’t have images in my work space.

If you could live with only one piece of art what would it be?
An immaterial one, easy to install and to transport.

What do you wish you knew?
Which was the first piece of art that really mattered to me.

What is your favourite title of an artwork?
It is the title of the immaterial artwork that I would choose to live with.

What should stay the same?
Forests, rivers and whales.

What could you imagine doing if you didn’t do what you do?
Carpentry and mathematics.

What music are you listening to?
I’m in shuffle mode at the moment.

What are you reading?
Tech sheets for motors and amplifiers.

What do you like the look of? 
Clothes by Haider Ackermann.

This article first appeared in frieze issue 210

Tarek Atoui ‘Cycles in 11’ was originally scheduled to run at Sharjah Art Foundation from 21 March until 21 June 2020, and is currently postponed until further notice. 

Issue 210

First published in Issue 210

April 2020