Temps mort


Color video, sound

18min. (loop)

Temps mort, whose title is inspired by a track by rapper Booba, narrates an intimate exchange between the artist and a prisoner by means of mobile phones. The environment and daily life in prison are shown through a series of SMS and MMS.

If Mohamed Bourouissa became known in 2011 with Périphériques, a series of photographs showing the daily life of young people from the suburbs, the video Temps mort, which was created a year earlier when he was still training, made an impact. The low-resolution images that follow the artist's instructions bring poetry to the narrative in spite of their simplistic character, thereby defining another temporal space that is unique to the experience of incarceration. Through this modern portrait of someone who is “socially missing and locked up,” the artist expresses his interest for the left-behind and the integration and exclusion processes at play in our contemporary societies.

Held in the Pinault Collection, Temps mort was presented in the group show À Triple tour (“triple locked”) at the Paris Conciergerie, in 2013.