Thursday, march 12th – 20pm

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." 


Yasmina Benabderrahmane was born in 1983 in Rueil-Malmaison. Graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2009 and of the Studio national des arts contemporains Le Fresnoy in 2015, her work has been the subject of several group exhibitions, including at the 54th contemporary art fair of the city of Montrouge in 2009, and the YoungCréeation fair in 2013 at the CENTQUATRE, Paris. 

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Adrien Genoudet est écrivain, cinéaste et chercheur en histoire visuelle. Il est docteur en arts et en cinéma après avoir soutenu en 2018 une thèse intitulée L’effervescence des images : les Archives de la Planète d’Albert Kahn. Il enseigne à Sciences Po Paris et à l’École Européenne Supérieure de l’Image. Il a publié, entre autres, en 2015 l'essai Dessiner l’histoire, pour une histoire visuelle et en 2017, un roman, L’Etreinte. Il est l'auteur de plusieurs courts et longs métrages présentés en festivals et centres d'arts. Depuis octobre 2018, il est rédacteur en chef de la revue Entre-Temps (https://entre-temps.net/).

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Practical info

Registration required
For more information : contact@le-bal.fr

Single rate : 7 euros with an entry ticket for the current exhibition*
*Valid for the duration of the exhibition



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