Younes Rahmoun: Here, Now
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The exhibition explores how Rahmoun’s artistic practice has, since the 1990s, created space for viewers to be in community, together in the here and now, through a focus on formal rigor, iterative processes, and social engagements. Foremost among the exhibition’s themes are nature, place, and landscape; spirituality; migration as a consequence of de/colonization; and art as a premise for coming together. The exhibition invests in multiple locations across Smith: SCMA’s galleries and atrium façade, the Botanic Garden of Smith College, the banks of Paradise Pond, and the MacLeish Field Station in Whately, MA. New site-specific commissions will be exhibited at these locations alongside a selection of major sculptures, drawings, videos, and installations that Rahmoun has made over the past twenty-five years.
Inspired by the artist’s commitment to working collaboratively and creating connections across multiple locations, two partner exhibitions—at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse and Kulte: Center for Contemporary Art & Editions—will open in Mulhouse, France, and Rabat, Morocco, respectively, in 2024.
A trilingual (Arabic, English, French) book will accompany the exhibition. It is co-published by Zamân Books & Curating (Paris, France); Kulte: Center for Contemporary Art & Editions (Rabat, Morocco); La Kunsthalle Mulhouse (Mulhouse, France); and SCMA. Edited by Emma Chubb and Morad Montazami and designed by Montasser Drissi, it features contributions by Omar Berrada, Indigo Casais, Emma Chubb, Safaa Erruas, Hannah Feldman, Maud Houssais, Alexandra Keller, Fatima-Zahra Lakrissa, Carlos Pérez Marín, Katarzyna Pieprzak, Frazer Ward, Sandrine Wymann, and Lynne Yamamoto.
Younes Rahmoun: Here, Now is curated by Emma Chubb, PhD, Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art.