Yasmina Benabderrahmane

La Bête: A Modern Tale


Since 2012, Yasmina Benabderrahmane has been travelling across like a waking dream, the sand dunes and plains of her native country, which after fourteen years of absence she attempts to reclaim through images.

This is a story between two worlds: yesterday’s Morocco, with raw materials at ground and body level, and today’s Morocco, in concrete and rock: In the Bouregreg Valley, a few kilometers from Rabat, a new cultural centre, theatre and archaeological museum are being built, a colossal project instigated by the King that resembles a crouching beast, a figure of modernity eating away at the landscape and gradually altering the physiognomy of an ancestral country. The “Beast” does not sleep, it expands, snores, and settles into the landscape, growing larger day after day, imposing its shell-like architecture.
Further on, lie the rough, deserted, bare plains of Chichaoua, in the Atlas Mountains where traditions are passed on from one generation to another in dead calm villages, and where tales told in soft voices bring families together during the celebration of Eid El-Kebir.

Yasmina Benabderrahmane’s work leads us to a sensitive, mineral, instinctive vision of Moroccan history, with dripping stones and coagulated blood, and where the artist’s gaze is posed upon the intimacy of passing time. (Adrien Genoudet, co-curator.)

Yasmina Benabderrahmane was born in 1983 in Rueil-Malmaison (FR). Graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2009 and of the Studio national – Le Fresnoy in 2015, her work has been the subject of several group exhibitions, including at the 54th contemporary art fair of Montrouge in 2009, and the Young Creation Fair in 2013 at the CENTQUATRE, Paris.

Yasmina Benabderrahmane works with film and photography in an experimental approach. She acts on the material of the images at the same time as she unfolds, through narrative and metaphorical processes, intimate and personal universes where the place of the body and its representation are questioned from a cultural perspective.

Yasmina Benabderrahmane is the winner of the BAL AWARD FOR YOUNG CREATION with the ADAGP 2019. the purpose of this prize is to accompany for two years the realisation of a creative project that falls within the broad spectrum of the image-documentary, fixed and moving, questioning our human experience.


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