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La courte échelle 

Guest-curated by Yto Barrada, Mateo Lopez and Carlos Garaicoa

Meriem Bennani, M'Barek Bouhchichi, Yaima Carrazana, Johanna Castillo, Juliana Góngora,

Dania González, José Manuel Mesias, Mazenett Quiroga and Santiago Reyes Villaveces

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July 1 to August 8, 2020

Meriem Bennani

Ghariba, 2017

Single channel HD video with sound

18min 38s

Edition 2/3
Courtesy of the artist and CLEARING gallery, New York & Brussel

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Ghariba is a portrait of women in my family and an opportunity to spend time with them. With a camera separating us, I discuss middle-age romance and sexuality with some of the main cast members from my personal childhood mythology. Lâ Atika shares her love for romance and driving cars, Bouchra shares her first experience on Tinder, Fatima-Zahra takes us on a tour of her plastic surgery practice. While the videos are constantly switching from a genre to another and the cast oscillating between familiar and strange (in arabic, Gharib), the playfulness and tenderness are constant.


Meriem Bennani (b. 1988 in Rabat, Morocco) lives and works in Brooklyn, USA.

She received her BFA from Cooper Union, New York in 2012, and her MFA from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris in 2011. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at C L E A R I N G Brooklyn; The Kitchen, New York; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Art Dubai; MoMA PS1, New York; and SIGNAL, Brooklyn. Her work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including Whitney Biennial, New York; Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Geneva / Turin; Public Art Fund, New York; Shanghai Biennale; Jewish Museum, New York; Saatchi Gallery, London; MANA Contemporary, New Jersey; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Her exhibition, Party on the CAPS, is currently on view at the Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin. Later in 2020, she will have a public commission at LAX airport. Meriem Bennani’s work is part of the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris; Fondation Cartier, Paris; Kadist Foundation, Paris; and FRAC Ile-de-France, Paris.

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