Lydia Ourahmane (b. 1992, Saïda; lives between Barcelona and Algiers) and Alex Ayed (b. 1989, Strasbourg; lives between Brussels, Paris, and Tunis) will create a new collaborative body of work, bringing together the artists’ shared embrace of indeterminacy, forms of intimacy, and ideas of magic as ways to interrupt belief systems, or cultural ”macro patterns.”
In her own practice, Ourahmane often excavates geopolitical histories through a choreography of research, cultural artifacts, and personal effects. Ayed’s practice, in turn, offers fleeting impressions of places, movements, and dialects in almost familiar objects in careful arrangements—like physical incarnations of an oral tradition. Both artists outwit fixed narratives of the world’s evolution and their work, and at the Renaissance Society, their collaboration finds new pathways through dialogue and improvisation.
Curated by Myriam Ben Salah.