The Maison du Conseil is glad to take part in la rentrée culturelle!
This fall, we gave artist/curator Colas Eko the mandate of finding an artist of his generation to exhibit in the Maison’s mezzanine space. Eko selected artist Berirouche Feddal (Vrirouc nat uqassi), whose practice explores themes of African popular culture, fetishism, Afrocentricity, African utopias, traces of myth and religion, colonial trauma, decolonial studies and his own migration story.
Originally from North Africa, from Algeria and more precisely from the mountains of Kabylie, affiliated with the Igawawen of the Nath Irathen arc and of Amazigh heritage, the Montréal artist is recognized for his transdisciplinarity. Berirouche Feddal holds a bachelor’s degree in print media from Concordia University. His work has been shown at the Dak’Art OFF of the Dakar Biennial (Dakar), Afternoon Projects (Vancouver), Bradley Ertaskiran (Montréal), Artch – Art contemporain émergent (Montréal), Ubisoft (Montréal) and Conserverie Marrakech (Marrakech).
The exhibition can be seen from September 1 to October 26 in the mezzanine of the Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal at 1210 Sherbrooke Street East. Regular hours are Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event, including the vernissage on Thursday, September 1 at 4 p.m., is open to the general public.
About the exhibition
Refusing to abdicate his culture, language and identity, Berirouche Feddal exploits subjects linked to his person and his environment by mixing discoveries, anecdotes and, sometimes, revolt. Tracing his African Amazigh origins through the collection of biographical photographs, he mixes past and present in a set of works that could be understood as fragmented self-portraits, evoking the fragility of memories and the mark left by our past experiences.
Bearing witness to the dexterity and ingenuity of Mediterranean peoples, La Spoliation du Souk [The Plundering of the Souk] contrasts ancient artifacts with their counterfeit, mass-produced counterparts. The artist revisits forms and techniques from souks worldwide to recast and transform them while questioning the artisan’s role in the space of the contemporary souk. The exhibition considers the impact of cultural exchange on traditional objects from the Mediterranean basin in light of their contemporary appropriations for the global marketplace.