Mohamed Bourouissa


9 oct – 20 feb 2022 Opening: 8 oct 2021 0:00

This autumn Kunsthal Charlottenborg will present a solo exhibition with the French-Algerian artist Mohamed Bourouissa.

Bourouissa engages with contemporary life through photography, film, installation and art history. He directs his attention to marginalised communities, who, against the odds, use the means at their disposal to make a place for themselves. Each situation that Bourouissa focuses on demands a different artistic approach, dialogue, and ethical negotiation. Growing up in the banlieue (suburbs) of Paris, and born in Algeria, he brings a specific view of the street, hip-hop culture, criminality, economics, and survival against structures of power that do not allow sections of the population to access basic rights of education, justice, and democratic citizenship

Different systems of exchange shape, and are quoted in, his works; whether in the form of his transactions with participants in making the work, tracking colonial and cultural histories across disparate geographies, focusing on flows of capital and transformations of value, and not least in showing his work in gallery spaces and as part of the art market – which he takes pleasure in disrupting.

Bourouissa’s early work has often centred on the lives of young people of the banlieue, whose futures have been compromised, and whose backgrounds run against the rigid nationalism of the French Republique. Later his scope has globalised, finding subjects in Australia and the US, creating works from these encounters that reveal systems of power and routes of exchange. Bourouissa claims no emancipatory role for his work, rather that his practice comes from a particular place and way of seeing, and through an equitable dialogue with specific groups. Marshalling references from Delacroix to hip-hop, Bourouissa’s works productively trouble the dividing line between the museum and the street, minority and majority as well as the centre and the periphery.

Mohamed Bourouissa (b. 1978 in Blida, Algera) lives in Paris. He has exhibited widely – solo exhibitions include Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Haus der Kunst in Munich and most recently Goldsmiths CCA in London. He has participated in a large number of group exhibitions including the biennials in Sydney, Sharjah, Havana, Lyon, Venice, Algeria, Liverpool and Berlin. In 2018 he was nominated for the prestigious French art award Le Prix Marcel Duchamp and in 2020 he was awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Award. HARa!!!!!!hAaaRAAAAA!!!!!hHAaA!!! is his first solo exhibition in Scandinavia.

The exhibition is curated by Henriette Bretton-Meyer and initiated and organized by Goldsmiths CCA in London where it was presented earlier this year. Generously supported by The Augustinus Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, The Danish Arts Council.