Temps Mort is the result of one year of mobile phone exchanges of still images and videos between the artist and a person incarcerated in prison. Mohamed Bourouissa directs the scenes to be reconstructed inside the prison from a distance. With sketches and instructions, he indicates in detail the sort of shots he would like to receive. He prints, re-photographs and develops them to scale in order to stay as close as possible to the low definition of the initial images.
The film called Temps Mort (Dead Time or Time Out) presents an exchange of short video footage assembled into one final edit. Remotely driven footage of daily life in prison, the banality of a sink, of a plant or a plate of pasta are offtset against scenes of life outside, in the streets of Paris, a night of love or seascapes. The dialogue between the inmate and the artist occurs by text messages and captures this exceptional situation of exchange, sharing et perhaps dependence.
Mohamed Bourouissa studied at the Arts Décoratifs in Paris and then at the Fresnoy. He is interested in the way in which an image can be constructed in order to approach a situation or a political subject differently. For the photographic series Périphéries, Mohamed Bourouissa composes his images with reference to famous paintings and to Jeff Wall's photographs. The 'banlieue' (suburbs) is staged as a conceptual and artistic object in situations that would normally be typical of photo-journalism. That way, as he says himself, « by deconstructing the clichés surrounding this subject, I deal with the problematic power struggle and its mechanics ».
Mohamed Bourouissa was born in Blida, Algeria, in 1978. He lives and works in Paris.