Exposition de Younès Rahmoun
From September 10 until November, 2015
Opening September 10 at 6 pm, in the presence of the artist
The works of Younes Rahmoun take full measure, once registered, in a conception of the world based on the Sufi philosophy. His whole approach, which seeks to reconcile artistic practice and spiritual practice, consists of a variation on the concept of harmony, a principle of cohesion of beings with their environment. Marked by faith and turned to meditation, the artist does not seek to represent it but to suggest a presence, to make his mind come. It tries to shape what has no form, to make immaterial material material, to reveal the invisible part of things. “I seek to give shape to invisible, impalpable things, such as faith, soul, spirit, enlightenment,” he explains. To achieve this, he tries to transcend matter, to infuse each object, breath and lightness. Everything comes together: lights and colors, symbols and numbers, orientations and directions of shapes in space.
Already his first works are tinged with this spiritual dimension in the image of Ghorfa – literally “room” in Arabic. Ghorfa says, “It’s a room that concentrates a lot of ideas. I believe that everything I have learned, through my artistic and spiritual research, can be found in it. (…). It is therefore the reproduction of this small room that my mother had given me in 1998, and where I thought, worked and meditated for seven years. This room in my parents’ house in Tetouan was my place of refuge, a space whose history is entirely linked to mine. To transform it into a scale-1 sculpture is a way of inviting the viewer to enter my story. ” At once a place of life, a workshop of creation, a meditation space, Ghorfa now connects the intimacy of the artist with the world by creating a zone of contact between his mind and that of others. Thus, this project reflects the function of living in a double movement: it allows the artist to inhabit the world and encourages the world to come, in turn, to live there.
It is this implicit wealth of architectural space lived, embodied, thought and imagined that Younès Rahmoun explores, here, again, as part of his exhibition Manzil (house in Arabic).