Artwork/Poster by Yuma Burgess.

The Consortium Commissions

We are delighted to announce the opening of Lydia Ourahmane’s solo exhibition, Survival in the Afterlife, at Portikus in Frankfurt am Main, as part of the second edition of Mophradat’s Consortium Commissions (2020/2022).

Lydia Ourahmane
Survival in the Afterlife
Opening: December 3, 2021 at 7pm
December 4, 2021 to February 20, 2022

Lydia Ourahmane uses the opportunity of the Consortium Commissions to organize an archive comprising photographic materials, moving images, and oral documentation — all produced alongside the constitution of an active spiritual movement and community her family founded during the civil war in Algeria (1991 to 2002). With this endeavour to gather, digitise, and catalogue copious photographic materials produced by her parents and other members of a Christian commune, which came to be named the “House of Hope,” the artist makes these sensitive materials publicly accessible for the first time. This project is one of several works on display including new audio and sculptural works. You can read more about Lydia’s work here.

A first iteration of the exhibition was presented at De Appel, Amsterdam, this past fall.

Lydia Ourahmane (b. 1992, Saïda) lives between Europe and North Africa. Since her graduation from Goldsmiths University, she has been continuously testing the possibilities of charging and converting the elements of the physical world as they move between borders, generations and dimensions. Lydia’s evolving research and practice continue to raise key questions about the connections between spirituality, contemporary geopolitics, migration, and the complex histories of colonialism. Her recent exhibitions include Barzakh at Kunsthalle Basel (2021), Solar Cry at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art (2020), and Homeless Souls at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (2019).

The Consortium Commissions 2020/22 is implemented with the support of Mophradat’s institutional partners, and with additional support provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Foundation for Arts Initiatives (FfAI), and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Lydia Ourahmane, Photo from the House of Hope Archives, 1989-ongoing, digital scan of printed photo, 6x4’.

Lentil Space

Lentil Space #6: Deena Abdelwahed cooks loubia
Thursday December 2, 2021 at 7pm Brussels/Cairo, 8pm Athens/Ramallah
You can register here.

Join us for the sixth episode of Lentil Space, Mophradat’s online program of cooking sessions with artists, this time featuring musician and music producer and DJ Deena Abdelwahed live from Tunis. You can watch our previous episodes with musician Nadah El Shazly, artist Meriem Bennani, curator Reem Shadid, visual artist Urok Shirhan, and curator and researcher Reem Shilleh here.

To cook along, prepare: loubia/white beans, onions, garlic, tabil and ground caraway, ground turmeric, Tunisian chilli paste (harissa) or dried chilli flakes, tomato concentrate, olive oil, chopped meat, green chilli or green bell pepper, parsley, and bread.

Deena Abdelwahed (b. 1989, Tunisia) is a Tunisian music producer and DJ. She moved to France at the age of 26, after making a name for herself in Tunisia as part of the Arabstazy Collective. Her hybrid DJ sets, at the forefront of subcultures, including her DJ set at Sonar in 2017, propelled the young Tunisian into the clubbing universe’s most demanding spheres (Boiler Room, Concrete, Room For Resistance, Säule/Berghain). As a producer, she was the creator of All Hail Mother Internet, an acclaimed performance at the CTM Berlin Festival. Her first EP Klabb, released in early 2017 through InFiné, was met with critical acclaim. That same year, she collaborated on the tracks “Plunge” and “An Itch” on Fever Ray’s second album. Deena’s first album Khonnar, released in 2018, has shifted the epicentre of contemporary electronic music south. In January 2020, she released a new EP, Dhakar.

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