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Mohamed Bourouissa
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In his photographic series Périphérique (2005–2008), Mohamed Bourouissa used the composition of classical paintings to stage the portrait of friends and young people in the banlieues (suburbs). He states “by deconstructing the clichés surrounding this subject, I deal with the problematic power struggle and its mechanics.” This series follows various themes explored throughout the work of Bourouissa. ForTemps Morts, his first film, he depicted a yearlong series of mobile phone exchanges with someone in prison. Bourouissa made a contract with the participant – phone credit in exchange of his participation in the project. Since this piece, he has consistently mediated on notions of exchange and the economy in his work. For L’Utopie d’August Sander, he met a number of unemployed people in a job center and invited them to get scanned in a van. With a 3D printer, each scan was used to produce a figurine that would be sold at various flea markets.

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.