Deutsche Börse 2020 Nominee: Mohamed Bourouissa

‘When I was in school I learned about the history of art but that didn’t introduce other aspects of my home culture or leave traces of the people around me, so later I decided to try to bring my home culture into the history of art. For me it’s about the idea of integration – how we can integrate our own histories into that one.’

 Mohamed Bourouissa

Mohamed Bourouissa (b. 1978, Algeria) is nominated for his exhibition Free Trade at Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France (1 July – 22 September 2019)

Working across photography, video, painting and sculpture, Mohamed Bourouissa makes work that probes socio-economic processes, and the invisible tensions between different social milieus and their related cultural divisions. 

The exhibition Free Trade comprises a survey of Bourouissa’s projects produced in the past 15 years, including Peripherique (2005-2008) which subverts the common stereotypes of youths living in the infamous banlieues of Paris; a series documenting the practice of cigarette smuggling at a Paris subway station; as well as a work that repurposes Polaroid photos of people caught stealing everyday items from a supermarket.

Broadly considering the relationship between individuals and complex systems of markets and capital, Bourouissa often looks to communities at the margins in order to examine societal tensions.

The Prize

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is an annual award established by The Photographers’ Gallery, London, in 1997 and in partnership with the Deutsche Börse Group since 2005 to identify and support talent, excellence and innovation. In 2016 the prize was renamed to reflect its new position within the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, a specifically established non-profit organisation focused on the collecting, exhibiting and promoting of contemporary photography.

The 2020 Jury

The members of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020 are Martin Barnes, Senior Curator, Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom; Melanie Manchot, artist and photographer, based in London, United Kingdom; Joachim Naudts, Curator and Editor at FOMU Foto Museum in Antwerp, Belgium; Anne-Marie Beckmann, Director of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, Frankfurt a. M., Germany; and Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery as the non-voting chair.