Vernissage & afterparty Mohamed Bourouissa “All-In”
Galerie Kamel Mennour - Espace Djam02.02.2013 #art
When the Monnaie de Paris commissioned Mohamed Bourouissa to make a film for its Nuit Blanche, the artist decided to have a Booba coin published. He went to the Banque de France’s manufacturing centre and literally fell under the spell of this gigantic Soviet bunker-like cube. He is fascinated by the production chain and processes, from casting metal to stamping parts. So much so that, a few months later, the solo show “All-in” followed with the complicity of his gallery owner Kamel Mennour. Whether he transforms into works the copper rings stamped “rapper’s profile”, or that he broadcasts a course “drug business” administered by a dealer of the ball, the exhibition highlights this force of attraction of money but also, by antithesis, the violence of its ability to exclude, in all relativity of its value.
Since the lavish banquet given at the end of the Monumenta vernissage – Daniel Buren, Excentric – in the lush gardens of the Petit Palais, Kamel Mennour had celebrated nothing. An endless wait for any faithful to the collector’s evenings. The day after the preview, the gallery owner and his team called the Collectif Combo, DVNO, Sayem and DJ Dimé to pour their hip-hop flow under the high ceiling of the Espace Djam, in honour of the artist and his rapper muse. Simply enjoyable. But we knew that.