Lydia Ourahmane at Bodega

Artist: Lydia Ourahmane

Exhibition title: low relief

Venue: Bodega, New York, US

Date: April 27 – June 16, 2019

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Bodega, New York

GLOSSARY

in Norwegian the ability to see; masc. a vision, fem. hallucination – syn

hard reddish-brown timber from a tropical tree, used for quality furniture – mahogany

a container with a flat base and sides, typically square or rectangular and having a lid – box

the amount of space that a substance or object occupies – volume

fine thread-like strands growing from the skin of humans, mammals, and some other animals – hair

a single length of hair, rope, or other material made up of three or more interlaced strands – plait

a limitation or restriction on feeling or action – bound

to make an opening, incision, or wound in (something) with a sharp-edged tool or object – cut

a yellowish-brown alloy of copper with up to one-third tin – bronze

a device or substance that is used to join two things together so as to prevent them coming apart or to prevent anything passing between them – sealed

a soft, ductile material, used figuratively as a symbol of something heavy, poisonous when heated – lead

a woman’s chest as measured around her breasts – bust

the part of the human body below the ribs and above the hips, often narrower than the areas above and below – waist

the circumference of the body at the buttocks – hip

classified according to the height of the figures’ projection or detachment from the background – relief

quantitative data concerning the population, such as the number of births, marriages, and deaths – vital statistics

the conversion of something from one form or medium into another – translation

to secure or identify something precisely – nail

remain poised uncertainly in one place or between two states – hovering

the act of wiping something clean – mop

disinfectant, preparation – antiseptic

provide a substitute for (something that is broken, old, or inoperative) – replace

Lydia Ourahmane (b. 1992, Saϊda, Algeria) lives and works in Algiers. Exhibitions include Vies en Video, Museum of Modern Art, Algiers (forthcoming); Crude, Jameel Art Center, Dubai (2018); Manifesta 12, Palermo, Sicily (2018); Jaou, Tunis (2018); Droit du Sang (blood right), Kunstverien München, Munich (solo, 2018); 2018 New Museum Triennial: Songs for Sabotage, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2018); The you in us, Chisenhale Gallery, London (solo, 2018); a good neighbour, 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017); Social Calligraphies, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2016); and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2014).

Lydia Ourahmane, low relief, 2019, exhibition view, Bodega, New York

Lydia Ourahmane, low relief, 2019, exhibition view, Bodega, New York

Lydia Ourahmane, mahogany box, 1.5 cm³, 2014-2018

Lydia Ourahmane, low relief, 2019, exhibition view, Bodega, New York

Lydia Ourahmane, bronze belly I, bronze, sealed lead, bust 33″ waist 26″ hip 36″, 11.9kg

Lydia Ourahmane, bronze belly II, bronze, sealed lead, bust 33″ waist 26″ hip 36″, 10.3kg

Lydia Ourahmane, bronze belly III, bronze, sealed lead, bust 33″ waist 26″ hip 36″, 9.6kg

Lydia Ourahmane, bronze belly IV, bronze, sealed lead, bust 33″ waist 26″ hip 36″, 10.4kg

Lydia Ourahmane, low relief, 2019, exhibition view, Bodega, New York

Lydia Ourahmane, low relief, 2019, exhibition view, Bodega, New York

Lydia Ourahmane, low relief, 2019, exhibition view, Bodega, New York

Lydia Ourahmane, low relief, 2019, exhibition view, Bodega, New York

Lydia Ourahmane, 1 decade of hair, 37cm hair plait and bound, cut on 23 April by Steph Hartop at Bodega, New York

Lydia Ourahmane, betadine, 1875 ml antiseptic solution (10.0%) mopped onto the floor

Lydia Ourahmane, low relief, thermometer, wax on brass, max 90°F, 27 x 33 x 18 cm

Lydia Ourahmane, low relief, thermometer, wax on brass, max 90°F, 27 x 33 x 18 cm

Lydia Ourahmane, low relief, 2019, exhibition view, Bodega, New York

Lydia Ourahmane, low relief, 2019, exhibition view, Bodega, New York

text by Carlos Kong and Lydia Ourahmane, 2 sheets of 8.5 x 11 in archival paper nailed to wall