Opening of the exhibition MERIEM BENNANI – PARTY ON THE CAPS
In Meriem Bennani’s first solo exhibition in Germany, the artist will present PARTY ON THE CAPS (2018), a multi-screen moving-image installation that explores displacement and the connection of identities to the fantasy of place. Clad as a sci-fi documentary about daily life on the Caps, an island in the middle of the Atlantic where illegal migrants are detained, the work amplifies reality through magical realism and humor. Bennani’s works tell stories of fractured identities and cultural hybrids, question gender issues and the ubiquitous dominance of digital technologies to play with the boundaries of what we regard as familiar or strange, real or virtual. In PARTY ON THE CAPS, Bennani continues to employ her unique visual language, comprised of reality TV, documentary, phone footage, social media, oral history, animation, and high production aesthetics.
PARTY ON THE CAPS is part of HORIZONTAL VERTIGO, a year-long program at the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION in Düsseldorf and Berlin, curated by Lisa Long.