We discovered the work of Mohamed Bourouissa at Philly, during his exhibition at the Barnes Foundation, Urban Riders_ featured approximately 85 works, including drawings, photos, costumes, sculptures, and a video.
Since 2002, Mohamed Bourouissa (b. 1978, Algeria, lives and works in Paris) rooted his artistic practice in social reality.
In 2014, for his first project in the US, he captured North Philadelphia community’s efforts at neighborhood revitalization and helped to create a local event: Horse Day, described as a “horse-tuning exhibition”.
Each young rider was teamed with artists and asked to create an equestrian costume and decorated mounts as fantastic figures.
Capturing them during this contest was a challenge to the stereotype of the white male cowboy and a reminder of the black cowboys.