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Mohamed Bourouissa: Horse Day

September 16–November 28, 2020
Curator: Gaëlle Morel

University Gallery

Horse Day is the culmination of an eight-month collaboration between Algerian/French artist Mohamed Bourouissa and young Black horsemen belonging to a non-profit equestrian society in Strawberry Mansion, an impoverished Philadelphia neighbourhood. Centring the narrative on the group’s preparation and presentation of a celebratory riding competition and pageant, Bourouissa’s video examines the visual stereotypes and misrepresentations associated with “cowboy culture” in the United States.

 

Events:

Artist Talk with Mohamed Bourouissa 
Wednesday, November 4, 12 pm
Online via Zoom

Youth in Conversation:
Mohamed Bourouissa's Horse Day
Wednesday, November 25, 7 pm  
Online via Zoom

A Black man rides away from the camera on a horse decorated in silver and red streamers.
Fig. 1

Mohamed Bourouissa, Horse Day (still), 2015, two-channel video. Courtesy of the artist, kamel mennour, Paris/London, and Blum & Poe, New York/Tokyo/Los Angeles

A man puts up a poster for a horse-riding expo on a street pole.
Fig. 2

Mohamed Bourouissa, Horse Day (still), 2015, two-channel video. Courtesy of the artist, kamel mennour, Paris/London, and Blum & Poe, New York/Tokyo/Los Angeles

Artist Bio

Mohamed Bourouissa

Mohamed Bourouissa (b. 1978, Algerian/French) is a Paris-based artist, working in photography, film, and installation. His long-term and immersive projects explore the representation of marginalized and disenfranchised groups and communities. Bourouissa’s work has been exhibited at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris (France), the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), the Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia, USA), and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (Netherlands). He was nominated for the Prix Pictet (2017) and the Marcel Duchamp Prize (2018), and his art is included in numerous museum collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA), the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris, France), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA). Bourouissa is represented by galerie kamel mennour in Paris, France and London, England.