Mohamed Bourouissa defines society by its contours. With a critical relationship to mass media images, the subject of his photographs and videos are people left behind at the crossroads of integration and exclusion. In the series of photographs “Device”, he represents the everyday life of suburban youth, taking inspiration from the history of painting. He breaks, however, with his stylized aesthetic in two videos: “Dead time” an intimate exchange with a prisoner via cell phones and “Legend” in which contraband cigarette vendors, whom he equipped with hidden cameras, film their activities. With “The Utopia of August Sander”, a project conducted between Marseille, Gennevilliers and the Pompidou Centre, he immersed himself in the world of jobseekers. He proposed that they become a monument by creating a sculpture with the help of a 3d printer.
“All-in” one of his latest projects, created for Nuit Blanche for la Monnaie de Paris (Department of Coins and Medals), addresses his perspective of the complex network of relations that link us to money. He seeks above all to emphasize its attractiveness, its power as an engine and model of integration and success, but also, the dichotomy, the strength and violence of its capacity to exclude.
His work has been presented in a number of solo and group exhibitions in France and beyond: Centre Georges Pompidou (Festival Hors Pistes, Off tracks festival 2013), Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, at the Palais de Tokyo, Edouard Manet Gallery in Gennevilliers, Museum of Fine Arts in Rennes, Palazzo Grassi – François Pinault Foundation in Venice, MAXXI in Rome, New Museum of contemporary art in New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, SCAD of Atlanta, Finnish Museum of Photography of Helsinki, Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, Nikolaj Kunsthal of Copenhagen, KW Institute for Contemporary Art of Berlin, as well as within the framework of the Berlin Biennale 2009 and the Venice Biennale 2011.
Mohamed Bourouissa lives and works in Paris, France and is represented by kamel mennour gallery, Paris.