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Algerian photographer Mohammed Bourouissa wins prestigious competition

French-Algerian photographer and activist Mohammed Bourouissa has just won the prestigious photography competition of the Deutsche Börse (a German company specializing in stock market transactions, which also manages the photography competition through its foundation) thanks to its “Free Trade” series which highlights the lives of marginalized people or those in financial difficulty in France.

The “Free Trade” exhibition was initially set up in… a Monoprix supermarket in the South of France! On the occasion of the photography festival “Les Rencontres d’Arles”, Mohammed Bourouissa installed photos and videos to create a space reflecting the daily lives of his compatriots who are marginalized or in financial difficulty.


Recognition, at last

As a result of this work, he has just won the Deutsche Börse Grand Prize for Photography, which comes with a cheque for $38,000, and recognition for his hard and qualitative work over many years.


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Because “Free Trade” was not created in a day. In fact, the installation brings together works from different series, such as “Périphérique”, which dates from 2005-2008, and highlights the lives of young unemployed people in the suburbs of Paris, captured via a smartphone, surveillance images and augmented reality; or the “Temps Morts” series, created in 2009 with two co-detainees.


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Congratulations to @mohamedbourouissa, who has won the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020! 👏👏👏 Particularly focussed on the representation of disenfranchised people and marginalised communities, the Paris-based photographer @mohamedbourouissa was selected by the judging panel for his spectacular installation Free Trade. First exhibited in a Monoprix supermarket in Arles as part of Rencontres d'Arles, France, this exhibition brought together an extensive survey of projects produced in the last 15 years. Image: Mohamed Bourouissa, NOUS SOMMES HALLES, 2002-2003 in collaboration with Anoushkashoot © Mohamed Bourouissa, Kamel Mennour, Paris & London and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles @thephotographersgallery #Mohamedbourouissa #artcollectiondeutschboerse #deutschboersephotographyfoundation #dbpfp2020

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A talented competition

Recently, the installation could be seen at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, along with the four other projects shortlisted by the Deutsche Börse Foundation for Photography. The Franco-Algerian photographer won over the Belgian Anton Kusters and his superb “Yakuza” series, as well as the British Mark Neville and Clare Strand.


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Published on 16 September 2020