b.1992, Saïda, Algeria; lives and works between Algiers, Algeria and Barcelona, Spain.
Lydia Ourahmane's research-driven practice spans spirituality, contemporary geopolitics, migration, and the complex histories of colonialism. She incorporates video, sound, performance, sculpture, and installation on an often large or monumental scale that has consequences beyond the walls of her exhibitions. Drawing on personal and collective narratives and experiences, Ourahmane challenges broader institutional structures such as surveillance, logistics and bureaucratic processes, and the ways these forces are registered. The works often begin as large, open-ended propositions that find the edges of possibility within the political, environmental, and metaphysical conditions in which she operates.
Lydia Ourahmane's recent exhibitions include Lydia Ourahmane, MACBA, Barcelona (2023); Lydia Ourahmane, Ordet, Milan (2023); The Third Choir, Tate Britain, London, UK (2023); Tassili, Mercer Union, Toronto; Fondation Louis Vuitton (2022); Vendesi, Progetto (2022); sync, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin (2022); Tassili, SculptureCenter, NY and Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris (2022), Survival in the afterlife, Portikus, Frankfurt, and De Appel, Amsterdam (2021); Barzakh, Kunsthalle Basel, Triangle – Astérides, Marseille, S.M.A.K. Ghent (2021-2022); 34th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (2021); ةيسمش ةخرص Solar Cry, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2020); and The you in us, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2018).
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