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Yazid Oulab

Yazid Oulab (1958) is in particular interested in linking contemporary forms with spiritual traditions. His video Le Souffle du Récitant comme Signe (2004) came to be by contemplating the rise of smoke from a stick of incense. Voices reciting a sura stir the straight lines of the smoke and create elementary forms: first random movements, then cursive wreathes that resemble writing. This work was inspired by a remark from Yazid Oulab on Sufi mysticism whereby poetry is the essential path for approaching the mysteries. Similary to a great part of Yazid Oulab’s work, this film is also a quest on the topic of common or complementary roots between different people, and it unfolds like a meditation. “When we create a piece of work and fail to include the vibratory musical aspect, the work is dead, lifeless. Breath, vibration, that is life.” (Yazid Oulab)

In Percussions graphiques (2006), the second instalment of a trilogy dedicated to breath and rhythm, the artist’s hand can be seen gradually covering – with the help of a carpenter’s pencil and in an erratic rhythm – a piece of paper with black lines. The meditative movement is accompanied by “Leï-la”, the chant sung by Sufis at vigils. Beyond its formal relevance, the artist’s work underlines the importance of “the political reflection on the embittered memory of Algeria and its relationship to its sup­pressed cultural and philosophical past”.

Artworks

  1. Yazid Oulab Le Souffle du Récitant comme Signe, 2004

    Projection vidéo couleur, son
    5 min 4 s
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2006
    © Photogramme : Mudam Luxembourg

  1. Yazid Oulab Percussion graphique, 2005

    Projection vidéo couleur, son
    8 min 58 s
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2006
    © Photogramme : Mudam Luxembourg

  1. Yazid Oulab Rythme, 2005

    Projection vidéo couleur, son
    5 min 16 s
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2006
    © Photogramme : Mudam Luxembourg

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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