Périphérique is a series of images produced by Mohamed Bourouissa from 2005 to 2008, in a context of unprecedented riots and violence in the Parisian suburbs.
This new publication includes previously unpublished images and revisits the original context of the work, in light of social, economic and political issues that are still relevant today, with texts by Taous R. Dahmani and Clément Chéroux.
In this series, Mohamed Bourouissa has chosen to appropriate the codes of history painting by depicting his friends and acquaintances in the Parisian suburbs where they lived. Confrontations, gatherings, incidents, frozen looks and gestures suggest a palpable tension. Invoking Delacroix as much as Jeff Wall, Bourouissa’s work attempts to give a place in French history to characters usually neglected and ignored by contemporary society.
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