Lydia Ourahmane

Barzakh

Lydia Ouramahne, __ kg Fertile soil smuggled from Medea, Algeria., 2015-16

Lydia Ourahmane, production still, In the Absence of our Mothers, 2015-18

Installation view, Lydia Ourahmane, صرخة شمسية Solar Cry, CCA Wattis Institute, 2020. Photo: Impart Photography

Lydia Ourahmane, poster for the exhibition Barzakh, Kunsthalle Basel, 2021. Design: Collin Fletcher

A ransom, an illicit border crossing, an exchange of nationality: Transactions of different sorts are often the conceptual starting point for Lydia Ourahmane’s (* 1992) art. The results encompass video, sound, performance, sculpture, and installation, exploring the way histories of displacement and colonial oppression are inscribed upon bodies. For her first exhibition in Switzerland, the Algerian-born artist presents a newly commissioned work.