YASMINA BENABDERRAHMANE AND ADRIEN GENOUDET
Anne-Frédérique Fer, FranceFineArt.com
LE BAL will host a talk between Yasmina Benabderrahmane and Adrien Genoudet, co-curator of the exhibition. The discussion will be preceded by a signature of the book edited on the occasion of the exhibtion.
Excerpt from the interview between Yasmina Benabderrahmane and Adrien Genoudet, taken from the book La Bête, a modern tale by Yasmina Benabderrahmane.
" A.G. : Due to the way you film your grandmother, she also becomes a metaphorical character.She embodies tradition through her gestures and words. How did she become the central figure in your work?
Y.B. : One day my grandmother said to me: “You can’t force anyone to be filmed or to pose for you. But you can film me; I have nothing to lose. I’m old.” My grandmother is a very devout, extremely chaste person. The only visible parts of her body are her feet and hands. I started to film her day-to-day life.
A.G. : In a way, your uncle and your grandmother are opposed in their relationships with contemporary Morocco, and yet they are not antithetic or contrary figures – they come together in the photographs you took during Eid. Do you see them as two figures or as two metaphors for different Moroccan values of time?
Y.B. : Above all, what we see is the relationship between a mother and her child. I think of these two characters as a pair, one couldn’t be without the other."