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Mohamed Bourouissa
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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.

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.