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Mohamed Bourouissa:
Mohamed Bourouissa, Le Miroir, digital C-print, 2006. © Mohamed Bourouissa, Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York and Kamel Mennour, Paris.

Mohamed Bourouissa

Le Miroir (The Mirror)
Feb. 4 - May 6, 2012

"Le Miroir (The Mirror)" is a solo exhibition of photographs by French artist Mohamed Bourouissa, guest curated by lecturer, art critic and independent curator Simon Njami. "Le Miroir (The Mirror)" is a way to address metaphorically any given society.

In Bourouissa's case, it is a statement on how people perceive otherness. For the mirror does not only reflect an individual image; it reflects a society in all its complexity. It shows both the unique and the multiple, and underlines the contradiction that lays in any attempt to construct an “usness.” What is the image that French society is sending to the youth of African origins? How can you define your belonging when you are trapped in preconceptions and when your loyalty to the nation that is yours is questioned all the time? Bourouissa’s work explores those contradictions and, by playing with them, seeks to deconstruct the frozen image of the suspect that other has always been.

Dialogue between Mohamed Bourouissa and Simon Njami: 7 p.m., Feb. 22, SCAD Museum of Art

Reception: 6:30-8 p.m., Feb. 24, SCAD Museum of Art

Exhibition and gallery talk are free with the purchase of SCAD Museum of Art admission.

Reception is free and open to the public as part of the deFINE ART gallery hop, 6:30-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24.

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View the exhibition catalog.

Artist bio

Mohamed Bourouissa

Mohamed Bourouissa was born in 1978 in Bilda, Algeria. He lives and works in Paris, France. Bourouissa is represented by Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, New York.

Bourouissa attended the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and the Sorbonne, Paris

Notable exhibitions
"Younger than Jesus," New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, New York, 2009

Permanent collections
• National d’art Contemporain in Puteaux, France
• Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris