Personal Exhibition of Younès Rahmoun
March 1st – May 12th, 2018
Press breakfast on Thursday, March 1st from 9 am to 11 am and opening at 5.30 pm, in the presence of the artist
Inspired by Islamic art, Younès Rahmoun’s work continues to explore the relationship between microcosm and macrocosm: planets, atoms, seeds are all motifs that inhabit his practice. His artistic work, which is deeply marked by the teachings of Islam and Sufism, emanates from an acute awareness of our universe and its changes, however minimal they may be. In Hijra (« migration » in Arabic), the artist does not limit himself to a literal interpretation of the term: rather, he conceives travel as both a concrete displacement and a spiritual exploration.
Nourished by this definition of travel, the exhibition unfolds like a journey into the artist’s imagination. Migration is regarded as a spontaneous movement, intrinsic to the universe. Sometimes imperceptible, displacement nevertheless animates all the elements of our world, from the most fluctuating to the most immutable. In Jabal-Hajar-Turab, the mountain, supposedely solid and unalterable, is animated by the act of drawing. At once delicate and powerful, the artist’s line goes beyond the representation of the landscape, reaching its sublimation: the whole movement of the soul is reflected on the walls of the gallery. Deeply immersive, this work immediately plunges the visitor into an uncertain territory, between the real and the imaginary. The seed, the stone, the mountain appear as the essence of nature, and nature as the territory of the soul.
This same feeling of an inner journey arises in the drawings of the Ghorfa series. They represent a familiar and personal space, recalling in fact a quote from the artist: «Paradise (…) exists at home, in my city, in my little room «ghorfa», here, somewhere
in my heart » .
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