Peripheral Stages. Mohamed Bourouissa and Tobias Zielony

16 February 2012 – 27 May 2012 extended until 10 June
Claudia Gian Ferrari Hall
curated by Adelina Vlas

Two videos, six lightboxes and sixteen photographs recount the work of Mohamed Bourouissa and Tobias Zielony, artists who for years have been analysing the most emarginated aspects of contemporary society. Through their photographic works they provide a critical and poetical interpretation of the tensions of life on the edge, now a synonym for a place with insufficient resources, tormented by social and economic problems.

The works on show provide a hard-hitting portrait of the condition of marginality and the associated social stereotypes: from the series of photographs Screens by Bourouissa featuring the shattered surfaces of television screens, to the photographic animation Vele by Zielony composed of 7,000 single shots taken at night at Scampia (Naples), through to the video Temps mort (Time Out) by Bourouissa that documents a year of telephonic exchanges between himself and an imprisoned acquaintance.

Mohamed Bourouissa, Screen 8, 2011 – Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris

Tobias Zielony, Vela Rossa, 2010 – Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Lia Rumma Milan, Naples


The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art