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Oktober 2020 – Artist in Residence
Moussa Sarr

M.Bassy welcomes the artist Moussa Sarr (*1984) from Marseille for an artist in residence-program in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Marseille and the Centre Photographique Marseille, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Media Hamburg, here in Hamburg.

Moussa Sarr incorporates symbols, signs, gestures and codes into his artistic practice, that are historically and socio-culturally highly charged: Flags, emblems, figurations and anthems. They visualize constructions of home, nationhood and belonging going along with myths and legends about heroism and superiority. Sarr dismantles these phantasms that are persistently generating racial prejudices that are far from extinguished. The artist draws on these allegories in an ironic and provocative manner by performing with his own body in front of the camera. Thereby, he projects deep-seated phobias in the face as a spectator–an uncomfortable challenge for the viewer to hold–giving space to reflect on the persistence of racial taboos out from under the carpet. In metamorphose role plays, he questions dualisms of life and death, perpetrator and victim, violence and vulnerability, black and white, in order to approach the constructive notions of identity.

In spring 2021 the artist will be back at M.Bassy for another two-week-residence and in the following will realize a joint exhibition together with the artist Hoda Tawakol (*1968), who lives and works in Hamburg and will be artist in residence at Goethe-Institut Marseille on exchange.
 

La grande dévoreuse, performance, Villa Medici, 2018

Moussa Sarr

Born in 1984 in Ajaccio, Corsica, Moussa Sarr lives and works in Marseille at the moment. His practice incorporates performances, video, photography and installations as well as painterly-graphic and sculptural works. He studied at Toulon School of Fine Arts and at Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, was invited by the BJCEM (Biennale des Jeunes Créateurs de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée, Thessaloniki, Greece) in 2011, was awarded the Voup de Coeur Mécènes du Sud Prize (Marseille) in 2012, was finalist of the Meurice Prize for Contemporary Art in 2016 and presented his owuvre at Villa Romana in Florence in 2017/18 and at Villa Medici in Rome in 2918. His works are part of international institutionell and private collections as Centre Pompidou (Paris), Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris), Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Arras, FNAC - Fond National d'Art Contemporain (Paris), Collection Lambert (Avignon) and Collection François Pinault.