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Open Space #10 Lydia Ourahmane

Exhibition From 07.10.2022 to 23.01.2023

© Lydia Ourahmane

For Open Space #10, Lydia Ourahmane (1992, Algeria) presents Tassili (2022), a film shot in Tassili n’Ajjer in the central Sahara. Extending across 72,000 km² / 27,799 mi², this rugged, millennia-old mountainous area is filled with thousands of rock engravings and cave paintings that bear witness to the people, animals and types of plants that lived, evolved and disappeared in the area before climate change transformed it into a desert at the beginning of our times. Filmed at the border between Algeria and Libya, Lydia Ourahmane’s work reveals a majestic landscape of vertiginous high-definition images. Through this arid, almost lunar mineral environment steeped in history and spirituality, the artist immerses us in a captivating journey of sights and sounds – fantastical to the point of strangeness – that reaches back into the origins of humanity.

Free access with the "Monet-Mitchell" exhibitions ticket.

Lydia Ourahmane. Tassili (extrait), 2022

© Lydia Ourahmane

Tassili, 2022, is commissioned and produced by SculptureCenter, New York; rhizome, Algiers; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis; Mercer Union, Toronto; and Nottingham Contemporary. Tassili is made possible by Valeria Napoleone XX SculptureCenter (VNXXSC). Commissioning support is provided by VIA Art Fund.

Lydia Ourahmane. Tassili (extrait), 2022

© Lydia Ourahmane

To create Tassili, Lydia Ourahmane surrounded herself with a team that accompanied her in her expedition to Tassili n’Ajjer, including the artists Hiba Ismail and Yuma Burgess; the directors Alana Mejía González and Jacob Oommen; the guides Ahmed Hamid and Berka Ayoub; the psychiatrist Isabel Valli; the musicians felicita, Nicolás Jaar, Yawning Portal and Sega Bodega; and the editor Robert Fox.

The film Tassili offers a hallucinatory experience, an original quest with mystical overtones that propels us into a visual and sonic journey beyond time. For the first European presentation of her new film, Lydia Ourahmane has designed a specific device for the Gallery 8 where the viewer is immersed in a highly immersive sensory experience.

« Lydia Ourahmane, Tassili » is the artist’s first solo exhibition in a French museum institution. 

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Ludovic Delalande et Claudia Buizza 

The artist

Lydia Ourahmane

Lydia Ourahmane (1992, Saïda, Algeria) is currently based in Barcelona, Spain. Multidisciplinary - video, sound, performance, installation, sculpture - Lydia Ourahmane's works are imbued with spirituality, contemporary geopolitics, colonial histories and migrations. Drawing on personal and collective experiences and narratives, the artist questions institutional structures such as surveillance, logistics and bureaucratic processes, and the way they exercise authority

Amongst her recent exhibitions: Tassili, SculptureCenter, New York (2022), Survival in the afterlife, Portikus, Frankfurt, et De Appel, Amsterdam (2021); Barzakh, Kunsthalle Basel et Triangle – Astérides, Marseille (2021); Solar Cry, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2020); et The you in us, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2018). Son travail a été exposé à la 34ème Biennale de São Paulo (2021) et à la Triennale du New Museum (2018). Avec Alex Ayed, elle a présenté LAWS OF CONFUSION, Renaissance Society, Chicago (2021) ainsi que Risquons Tout, WIELS Contemporary Art Center, Brussels (2020).