Mohamed Bourouissa examines the inequalities and social injustices in contemporary society through mixed media, imbedding himself within marginalised communities to tell their stories.
Mohamed Bourouissa is particularly known for working extensively with the communities he documents. For his celebrated work Horse Play (2014-15) which features in the exhibition, Bourouissa lived for 8 months in a low-income community in North Philadelphia to create a film based on the horse riders of its urban stables. Bourouissa refers to the film as a "contemporary American cowboy movie".
Through a combination of photography, sound, installation and moving image, this exhibition includes a collection of works by Mohamed Bourouissa made from 2003 onwards. Other highlights include HARA!!!!!!hAAARAAAAA!!!!!hHARAAA!!! (2020), a new work that takes the word ‘hara’ and distorts it into a poetic sound installation. ‘Hara’ is a term used by young lookouts to alert drug dealers of approaching police in Marseilles. Themes of racial and socio-economic inequality and the charged legacy of colonialism are particularly present in the featured works.