Fayçal Bagriche’s installation Believe half of what you see and nothing of what you hear, 2010, is on view at the Mosaic Rooms in London. Photo by Clementine Crochet.
LONDON - That hidden gem, the Mosaic Rooms, is featuring yet another must-see exhibition. This time it’s a first-ever London showing of a group of six Algerian artists – Fayçal Baghriche, Amina Menia, Aref Berredjem, Hanan Benammar, Massinissa Selmani and Sadeh Rahim – presenting newly-commissioned and reimagined works in an exhibition entitled Intervening Space: From the Intimate to the World. Working in a range of media, these artists explore interstices in time and space, using the latter as a fundamental frame for human experience, reflecting upon transitional places, empty spaces and intermediary zones. This creates the ability to represent echoes between the visible and the invisible, the intimate and the immense.
Hanan Benammar’s Prenons un air degage We already had no History is on view at the Mosaic Rooms in London. © Hanan Benammar.
While Amina Menia has ‘tried to underline discreet realities, and highlight unseen details,’ Hanan Benammar questions the transitional state of objects seemingly at the end of their life by means of an object-based sound installation, which recounts and performs possible fictional narratives. Fayçal Bagriche’s installation (Believe half of what you see and nothing of what you hear, 2010) plays with light and shadow to query and reflect. Other artists look at urban expansion, interstitial spaces and the fragmented public realm. Algiers features as a leitmotif given that some works were commissioned by ‘aria’ – no, not an operatic component, but the ‘artist residency in Algiers’ – and a series of events showcasing contemporary Algerian culture will accompany the exhibition, enhancing our understanding of this vibrant scene. A visit to the Mosaic Rooms is always recommended, but on this occasion it will be two birds with one stone.