The photographic work of Charif Benhelima (b. 1967, Brussels) is primarily centred on a quest for identity which stems from his past as an orphan, of a Moroccan immigrant father, who had settled in Brussels, and a Belgian mother, who died when the artist was still a child. The feeling of uprooting gradually became the driver of his artistic approach. Even though autobiographical, what gives his oeuvre such great impact is its universal scope.
Through the medium of photography, Charif Benhelima deals with the topics of memory, oblivion, identity, time, space, and perception.
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