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.
Mohamed Bourouissa, La fenêtre, 2005, © Mohamed
Bourouissa, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
and Galeries Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris
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.