DAK’ART 2014

11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06

Bourouissa & Selmani


C’est la vie (That’s life) : installation with animation screened on paper, 13" loop, 70x50cm, 2013, courtesy Galerie Talmart & Galerie Kamel Mennour.

C’est la vie, depicts an Algerian popular expression, "having a stuck stone in the shoe." Collaboration between Masinissa Selmani and Mohamed Bourouissa uses image with humour and sensitivity an expression that refers to the uncertainties of life. It is not a simple collaboration but a merger between two artists. The work takes the form of an animation projected by Selmani that interacts with a wall mounted reproduction of a photograph cutted piece by Bourouissa. Bourouissa was indeed part of the process of Selmani which in turn incorporated Bourouissa in his work. The silhouette seen from behind which desperately tries to get rid of a pebble stuck in his shoe, is that of Mohamed Bourouissa. Movements, first filmed and then selected to provide an explicit and poetic gestures, were reproduced through drawing in order to provide additional fluidity. Whatever he does, the stone returns again and again to stay in the trainer. The perpetual struggle of the character is so pathetic that it becomes funny. The revolt is certainly unnecessary, however, necessary for survival since the action is an act of liberation.

Born in 1978, Mohamed Bourouissa lives in Paris. His work has been shown in France as well as abroad, in numerous solo and group exhibitions: the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, the Centre Pompidou (Festival Hors Pistes 2013), the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Palais de Tokyo, the Saatchi Gallery in London, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art of Berlin. His work has been also part of the Berlin Biennale and the 54th Venice Biennale.
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