"MARHABA TO THE FUTURE"
Mounir Ayache, Independent Artist
Part of the Silsila Fall 2022 series, Body and Senses
By envisioning alternate futures, Ayache proposes an image of the Arab world radically different from those circulated in the West. His sci-fi approach weaves together family histories, fictionalised re-appropriations of experiences and Arab identities. These traits situate Ayache within the unofficial movement of Arabfuturism, which derives its name from the Afrofuturism movement in the 90s. Both Afro and Arabfuturism are characterised by a turn to fiction that allows us to imagine vastly different realities. The lecture will focus on the inspirations, the approach, the different techniques used in the realization of the work of the artist Mounir Ayache as well as the projects in progress and to come.
Mounir Ayache (b. 1991, FR/MA) studied at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, his technological creations cast an unfamiliar light on the political and social realities of the Arab world. Ayache knowingly deploys the tropes of “oriental sci-fi” in order to parody the way Western fictions represent “Others” and “Foreigners”. In addition to drawing on the codes of the sci-fi genre, his use of technology blurs the boundaries between contemporary art and entertainment.