This exhibition presented a new generation of artists with extensive international activity. The works raise critical socio political issues like freedom of speech, identity, women's status in muslim societies, immigration, poverty, power, terrorism, mass media, censorship, taboos and prohibition; in particular related to sexuality.
The project was initiated by Samira Jamouchi and Samir M'kadmi, and developed in collaboration with the DSV Network and the Stenersen Museum. The exhibition presents eight artists with bonds to both Europe and the Maghreb region.
About the artists
Mounir Fatmi: Born in Tanger, Morocco in 1970, he lives and works in Paris and Tanger. Fatmi studied at the Fine Art Academy of Rome and the Fine Art School of Casablanca. His works have been exhibited among others at Dakar Biennale, Wroclaw Media Art, Musée des arts Décoratifs, Paris, Museum Africa, Johannesburg, Migros Museum in Zürich, Festival of Cinema, Montpellier, Kunst Palast in Düsseldorf, Hayward Gallery, London, Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.
Mohamed Ben Benaouisse: Born in 1970 in La Hestre, Belgium, he lives and works in Ghent, Belgium. Ben Benaouisse is an autodidact. His works have been presented through a large number of exhibitions and dance and theatre productions, among others at Nieuwpoorttheater, Gent, Belgium, The Modern Art Museum of Arnhem, Festival Sacrés belges, Lille/Arras, De Warande, Turnhout, La Teinturerie, Amiens, France, Palestina-Belgium / Belgium-Palestina.
Ammar Bouras: Born in Algeria 1964, he lives and works in Alger. Bouras get his degree in visual communication at Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts and a specialization in painting at Ecole Spérieure des Beaux-Arts, Alger. His works have been presented at the Esma gallery, Alger, Citadel, Alger, The FIAV video art festival, Bari, Italy, museum Mahmoud Saïd, Alexandria, Egypt, La Friche de la Belle de Mai, Marseille, Espace Electra, Paris, France and The Frantz Fanon circle, Alger.
Kader Attia: Born 1970 in Dugny, Seine Saint-Denis, France, he lives and works in Paris. Attia got his degrees at The Ecole Supérieure des Arts Appliqués "Duperré", Paris, Escola de Artes Applicades "La Massana", Barcelone and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs Paris. His works have been presented among others at The Herzliya Museum, Tel Aviv, Kammel Mennour Gallery, Paris, The Tramway, Glasgow, Lyon Biennale, Lyon, Art Basel 36, Basel and Guandong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China.
Hans Hamid Rasmussen: Born in Algeria 1963, he lives and works in Oslo. Rasmussen studied at the Photo Academy, Bauhaus school, Stockholm and at The Academy of fine Art in Oslo. His works have been exhibited among others at KIASMA, Stenersen museum, Oslo, Norrköping Art Museum, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Olso, Borås Art museum, Momentum, Moss, The 26 Bienal de São Paulo and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires.
Nadia Benbouta: Born in Alger in 1970, she lives and works in Paris. Benbouta studied at Ecole supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Alger and at Ecole supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Her works have been presented in various museums, galleries and art centres among others at Bibliothèque National de France in Paris, Musée des Beaux Art, Odessa, the French Institute in Kiev, Orangerie du Sénat, Paris, Espace Electra, Paris, Espace Paul Rebeyrolle, Eymoutier and Riva Gallery, New York.
Zineb Sedira: Born in Paris, she lives and works in London. Sedira got her master degree at Slade School of art, then a research degree in the photography department at The Royal College of Art in London. Her works have been exhibited among others at Hayward Gallery, London, Georges Pompidou centre, Paris, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, CA, USA, Fundació la Caixa, Barcelona, and La Vilette, Paris.
Yto Barrada: Born in Paris in 1971, she lives and works in Tangier and Paris. Barrada studied history and political science at the Sorbonne and photography at the International Center of Photography, New York. Her works have been exhibited among others at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Villa Medici, Rome, Witte de With, Rotterdam and Museum of Modern Art, New York.
A seminar at the Stenersen Museum 15 October, elaborated on the issues raised in the exhibition through the voices of artists, academics and researchers. Organised by Samira Jamouchi. Moderator: Marith Hope. Speakers: Salah Hassan (New York), Gavin Jantjes (Oslo), Nadira Laggoune-Aklouche (Alger), Olfa Lamloum (Paris), Khaled Ramadan (Copenhagen) and the artists from Meeting Point.
Meeting Point catalogue: Texts by Selene Wendt, Samir M'kadmi, Samira Jamouchi, Khaled D. Ramadan, Gavin Jantjes, Olfa Lamloum, Nadira Laggoune-Aklouche, Abderrahim Lamchichi, Raja Ben Slama og Jean-Louis Déotte. Editors are Samira Jamouchi and Samir M'kadmi. Published by the DSV Network.
Photos in order of appearance.
14 Oct - 31 Dec
The Ministry of Culture
Municipality of Oslo