Mohamed Bourouissa

Mohamed Bourouissa
Mohamed Bourouissa portrait
Mohamed Bourouissa portrait, photo: Fabrice Seixas
Mohamed Bourouissa was born in 1978 in Blida, Algeria. He now lives and works in Paris. After graduating in Visual Arts from the Sorbonne, Paris I (2004) and the photography department of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, he trained at the Studio National des Arts – Le Fresnoy from 2008-2010.

Mohamed Bourouissa has been developing a fine art photography practice but also creates drawings and video works deeply rooted in social reality. He usually works around representations of a contemporary urban environment.

In his fictional documentary, the artist creates a gap where his sets and dialogues show his interest in geographical and social spaces usually seen by cliches and stereotypes.

With Public Delivery Video festival Fairy Tales, 2015
Mohamed Bourouissa - La valeur du produit, 2013, installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan, 2015
Mohamed Bourouissa – La valeur du produit, 2013, installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan, 2015
Fairy Tales was a video art festival at the Plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan.

Artists: Lida Abdul, Said Atabekov, Mohamed Bourouissa, Chen Chieh-Jen, Cao Fei, Yang Fudong, Cyprien Gaillard, Dejan Kaludjerović, Mari Kim, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Taus Makhacheva, Almagul Menlibayeva, Mariko Mori, Ahmet Ögüt, Adrian Paci, Public Delivery, Wang Qingsong, Walid Raad, Cheng Ran, China & Item Idem, Taps & Moses, Guido van der Werve, Erwin Wurm, Miao Xiaochun

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Exhibited: La valeur du produit, 2013

A commercial featuring a man standing in a room, dressed in a suit, wearing a luxury brand name belt, scrolls patterns on a Powerpoint presentation. Confined in the dark lights of his office, the anonymous character is giving us a private marketing and economics lesson.

How do we determine the price of goods? How do we keep customers? How do we increase performance and create value? How do we earn a maximum in a short time with minimum risks?

These are the questions to which this unscrupulous commercial gives insightful answers. Mohamed Bourouissa points out money’s attractiveness and power as an integrative model of success and a dichotomous scale in which capital possesses force and violence and is exclusive by nature.

Mohamed Bourouissa – La valeur du produit, 2013, 9 min 58 sec, color video, courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris
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