Mohamed Bourouissa

Mohamed Bourouissa, Horse Day (film still), 2014-15. Courtesy the artist and Kamel Mennour, Paris/London

Mohamed Bourouissa, Horse Day (film still), 2014-15. Courtesy the artist and Kamel Mennour, Paris/London

Mohamed Bourouissa (b. 1978, Blida, Algeria) lives in Paris, France. Bourouissa’s images, installations and videos explore power relations, displays of masculinity and societal tensions, often by referencing art-historical imagery. Périphérie (2005–09), for instance, presents a myriad of tense, potentially violent confrontations in urban environments through staged photographs. For his series Horse Day (2013), in which he designs, stages and documents an equestrian event, Bourouissa focuses on a North Philadelphia community’s efforts at neighbourhood revitalisation. With a strong collaborative sensibility, Bourouissa embeds himself within the community, examining how society is structured and how social processes are activated.

For Liverpool Biennial 2018, Mohamed Bourouissa will create a film and a community garden. The project is inspired by a garden made by a patient of the psychoanalyst and writer Frantz Fanon at the Blida-Joinville Psychiatric Hospital in Blida, Algeria. Fanon proved that the failure of occupational therapy in Algeria was caused by lack of consideration of the patients’ societal background. His patient underwent occupational therapy through gardening, reflecting the organisation of his mental space in the structure of his garden. Bourouissa will learn the patient’s approach to botany, architecture and therapy, and create a similar garden in collaboration with Granby Four Streets CLT and Kingsley Community Primary School in Granby, working with the local community, gardeners, school pupils, teachers and artists. The garden will be conceived as a space of ‘resilience’, a concept and term used in psychology, ecology and natural science. Some of the plants will be chosen from an unfinished Algerian herbarium of the 1950s and Bourouissa will draw the missing plants, as well as creating a new film capturing the reconstitution of the herbarium within the Cloître des Glycines in Algiers.

Recent exhibitions include Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (2018); Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, USA (2017); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2016); Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada (2014); and Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2014).

Mohamed Bourouissa, Resilience Garden, 2018 is commissioned by Liverpool Biennial in partnership with Granby Four Streets CLT. 

Supported by

Postcode Local Trust
Fluxus
Kingsley Primary School
Granby Continental Store.

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