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Review: Mohamed Bourouissa at Yossi Milo

Posted By Administration, Sunday, June 06, 2010
Updated: Friday, December 20, 2013

DATE: June 6, 2010

 

A French photographer whose work was included in the New Museum's "Younger Than Jesus" exhibition, in 2009, makes his New York gallery début with a knockout group of large-scale color images that could almost pass for photojournalism.


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Mohamed Bourouissa, La fenĂȘtre, 2005, © Mohamed
Bourouissa, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
and Galeries Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris
 
Bourouissa's subjects are the African and Arab youths of Paris's explosive banlieues, seen in charged encounters, usually between groups of boys on the street. The standoffs are staged and carefully lit, but the tension still crackles, especially in one big picture, where a scattering crowd looks poised between celebration and riot. Strikingly topical when they were made, Bourouissa's photographs still pack a punch.

From The New Yorker.


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