AboutSite presents the first solo exhibition in the UK of Algerian born photographer Mohamed Bourouissa alongside a self-selection âvideotheque' of films which deal with the subject of youth and adolescence, programmed to coincide with Showcomotion, Sheffield's film festival for young people.
Mohamed Bourouissa's photo series Périphérique stages moments of tension and the power relationships which exist within the ghetto-like suburbs of Paris (les banlieues). Although skirting a documentary aesthetic and using young inhabitants of the banlieues as subjects, the works are actually highly staged, often referencing painting. He describes his photographs as deriving from an âemotional geometry' a way of placing a subject in space to create a moment of heightened tension, when anything, or nothing, could happen.
âWhat he is premeditating here are the lines of force, the diagonals, the distance between figures, their integration into elements of the surroundings, the interplay of gazes, the rhythm of the image, the gesture, that provokes some kind of tension, one in the image, the other between documentary and fiction' Magali Jauffret, Portfolio magazine, Nov 2007
Mohamed Bourouissa is a French artist born in Blida, Algeria, he completed his masters degree at the Sorbonne and is graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs, he currently works and lives in Paris.