ARTIST Younès Rahmoun
Video / Drawing / Sculpture / Photography
Born in 1975 Morocco
Lives and works in Tetouan
Younès Rahmoun’s artistic practice is both polymorphous and minimalistic. His works are inseparable from his religious and spiritual beliefs. Installations, site-specific artworks, drawings, videos, animations, photographs and performances allow him to make visible the invisible and to encourage moments of meditation. Each material, number, orientation, colour has a deep meaning, often related to Islam and to Sufism in particular.
His interest lies in vital essences such as the heart, atom, seed, flower and light. At the International Centre for Glass Art (CIAV) in Meisenthal he created Zahra Zoujaj, a monumental installation made of 77 hand-blown glass lamps shaped as flowers. The black plastic bag, spiral, shroud fabric, minerals, nature, Ghorfa (small room in Arabic) all appear as leitmotiv.
Younès Rahmoun is one of the most impotant Moroccan artists of his generation. For a few years, he has directed a workshop program at the National Institute of Fine Arts of Tetouan (INBA).
MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain
John Jones Collection, London, UK
Mathaf, Doha, Qatar
Fondation ONA (Omnium Nord Africain), Casablanca, Marocco
Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey
CAP Kuwait – Contemporay Art Platform, Koweit
Nel Mezzo del Mezzo, curated by Christine Macel, Museo Riso, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Neighbours, Istanbul Modern, Turkey
Sous nos Yeux, Macba, Barcelone, Spain
Earth Matters, National Museum of Africa, Smithsonian, Washington D.C., USA
Intense Proximité, Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Working for change, Pavillon marocain, Venice Bienniale Italy
Told / Untold / Retold, MATHAF Musée d’art moderne, Doha, Qatar
A Proposal for Articulating Works and Places, Biennale de Marrakech, Morocco
Biennale de Dakar, Senegal