02. Artists

Mohamed Bourouissa

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b. 1978 in Blida (Algeria); lives and works in Paris (France)

By subverting the technical purposes of his chosen media – photography, video, installation, sculpture – Mohamed Bourouissa homes in on power relationships and the forces controlling our world. Imbuing his works with an ambiguous poetry, he channels them away from the journalistic aesthetic they initially seem to embody and lays bare what lurks behind the
everyday in today’s society.

His work has been shown at the Haus der Kunst (Munich), the Prospect 3 biennial in New Orleans, the Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid) and Galleria Civica (Trento, Italy).

With the support of kamel mennour, Paris

© Fabrice SEIXAS


Works


La vie moderne

The Hood, Création Biennale 2015

Mohamed Bourouissa spent part of the year 2014 in the Northwest district of Philadelphia (USA). Over several months, he photographed the district’s equestrian community: ordinary street scenes, riders... Back in France he concocted an experimental silver print procedure allowing his black and white negatives to be printed onto the surfaces of car body parts. The works encompass two symbols of American culture: cars and horses, and echoes the reflections of urban life reflected in cars parked in the street.
As if to echo the reflection of the town life which can be seen in parked cars on the side of the roads, the black and white photographs were directly printed onto car body parts, thus referring to two symbols of American culture: horses and cars. 

Courtesy de l'artiste et galerie kamel mennour, Paris

Venues : La Sucrière

Getting there

La vie moderne

Shoplifters, 2014-2015

By subverting the technical purposes of his chosen media – photography, video, installation, sculpture – Mohamed Bourouissa homes in on power relationships and the forces controlling our world. At the macLYON, Bourouissa is presenting his series Shoplifters, which consists of portraits of thieves caught in the act in a Brooklyn grocery store. These photographs were taken by the shopkeepers at the time of the crime and then displayed in the store as a deterrent. By presenting these photographs to a wider public (they have never previously been seen outside New York), Mohamed Bourouissa is keen to highlight an illegal activity – the theft of food –, which is harshly dealt with by the economic system and the law.

Courtesy de l’artiste et galerie kamel mennour, Paris

Venues : Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)

Getting there



Gallery
Mohamed Bourouissa 8 photos
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Mohamed Bourouissa
The Hood - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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Mohamed Bourouissa
The Hood - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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© Blaise Adilon

Mohamed Bourouissa
The Hood - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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© Blaise Adilon

Mohamed Bourouissa
Shoplifters - 2014-2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Mohamed Bourouissa
Shoplifters - 2014-2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Mohamed Bourouissa
Shoplifters - 2014-2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Mohamed Bourouissa
Unknown#18 - 2014-2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Mohamed Bourouissa
Unknown#12 - 2014-2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)