Artist Talk with Mohamed Bourouissa


Mohamed Bourouissa, Horse Day (still), 2015, two-channel video. Courtesy of the artist, kamel mennour, Paris/London, and Blum & Poe, New York/Tokyo/Los Angeles

Artist Talk with Mohamed Bourouissa

Ryerson Image Centre
Online via Zoom
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
12 pm ET

Algerian/French artist Mohamed Bourouissa explores the representation of marginalized and disenfranchised groups and communities in long-term and immersive projects spanning photography, film, and installation. In this virtual talk, Bourouissa will discuss his two-channel video installation, Horse Day, on view at the Ryerson Image Centre in fall 2020.

Horse Day is the culmination of an eight-month collaboration between Bourouissa and young Black horsemen belonging to a non-profit equestrian society in Strawberry Mansion, an impoverished Philadelphia neighbourhood. Centring the narrative on the group’s preparation and presentation of a celebratory riding competition and pageant, Bourouissa’s video examines the visual stereotypes and misrepresentations associated with “cowboy culture” in the United States.

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Mohamed Bourouissa (b. 1978, Algerian/French) has exhibited at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris (France), the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), the Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia, USA), and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (Netherlands). He was nominated for the Prix Pictet (2017) and the Marcel Duchamp Prize (2018), and his art is included in numerous museum collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA), the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris, France), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA). Bourouissa is represented by galerie kamel mennour in Paris, France and London, England.


Mohamed Bourouissa: Horse Day (installation view), 2020 © Larissa Issler, Ryerson Image Centre


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