Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize Nominee (2020)
Mohamed Bourouissa (b. 1978, Algeria) is nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020 for his exhibition Free Trade at Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France (1 July – 22 September 2019)
Working across photography, video, painting and sculpture, Mohamed Bourouissa makes work that probes socio-economic processes, and the invisible tensions between different social milieus and their related cultural divisions.
The exhibition Free Trade comprises a survey of Bourouissa’s projects produced in the past 15 years, including Peripherique (2005-2008) which subverts the common stereotypes of youths living in the infamous banlieues of Paris; a series documenting the practice of cigarette smuggling at a Paris subway station; as well as a work that repurposes Polaroid photos of people caught stealing everyday items from a supermarket.
Broadly considering the relationship between individuals and complex systems of markets and capital, Bourouissa often looks to communities at the margins in order to examine societal tensions.