Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders

June 30–October 2, 2017
Roberts Gallery

Mohamed Bourouissa, Horse Day, 2015. Stills. Vidéo diptyque. 13 minutes 28. © ADAGP Mohamed Bourouissa. Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris/London

The artist’s first solo exhibition at a US arts institution, Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders features approximately 60 works, including drawings, photos, videos, costumes, and sculptures. Since 2002, Bourouissa (b. 1978, Algeria; lives and works in Paris) has been developing a photography practice, drawing, and creating video rooted in social reality. Primarily working with representations of a contemporary urban environment, he is interested in the stereotypes associated with geographic and social spaces. Inspired by painting and contemporary photography, his works interweave fictional and documentary threads.

In 2014, for his first project in the US, Bourouissa focused his attention on a North Philadelphia community’s efforts at neighborhood revitalization. His response included designing, staging, filming, and photographing an equestrian event he called “horse tuning” at a local stable: his photographs and films show extravagantly costumed young riders and their decorated mounts as fantastic figures, transcending their economic circumstances. Today, Bourouissa continues to make work related to this project. This exhibition includes the videos, photos, drawings, sculptures, costumes, and performances that Bourouissa inspired and created during his stay in Philadelphia. This exhibition also represents the first time this body of work—already acclaimed in Paris, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam—is being shown in the US.


Exhibition Organization:

Curator: Sylvie Patry, deputy director for collections & exhibitions, and Gund Family Chief Curator


Major support for Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders is provided by Etant Donnés Contemporary Art, a program of the FACE Foundation, developed in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with lead funding from the Florence Gould Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and Institut français, Paris.


Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders is sponsored by


With additional support from contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund:

John Alchin and Hal Marryatt
Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz
Lois and Julian Brodsky
Laura and Bill Buck
Joan Carter and John Aglialoro
Dan and Monica DiLella
Eugene and Michelle Dubay
Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden
Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest
Victoria McNeil Le Vine
Leigh and John Middleton
Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation
Jeanette and Joe Neubauer
Kay and Michael Park
Aileen and Brian Roberts
Adele and Harold Schaeffer
Katie and Tony Schaeffer
van Beuren Charitable Foundation
Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr.

And generous contributions from:

The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund.


Exhibition access included with General Admission

Adult: $25
Senior: $23
Student/Youth: $10

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