After seeing Martha Camarillo’s photographs of horsemen in Strawberry Mansion -an impoverished Philadelphia neighbourhood- Mohamed Bourouissa travelled to see the urban stables run by African American men. For eight months, he observed, drew and photographed this community. As the community and Bourouissa became closer throughout his stay, the artist suggested that they organize a competition, called “Horse Day”, in which artists from other neighborhoods would be invited to create costumes for the horses. The project then entitled “Urban Riders” revolves around the double projection of the film Horse Day and Distortion, a series of customised saddles, sculptures, photographs and drawings. Using the language of Western iconography, Bourouissa portrays the riders as Black cowboys and urban heroes.