Dreamland

Mounir Raji

April 20 – May 25, 2024
Festive Opening on Sat. 20 April, 16–18 hrs

Mounir Raji, Dreamland, 2024 | Installation view

 

Galerie Caroline O’Breen is pleased to present Dreamland, a solo exhibition of Mounir Raji opening on 20 April 2024. Please join us and the artist for opening drinks, 16–18 hrs.

Mounir Raji (1982, NL) is a Dutch-Moroccan photographer, image-maker and researcher. For a period of five years (2017-2022), Raji spent much of his time traveling around Morocco in the areas rarely visited by tourists. The outcome of this investigation is an artist book Dreamland – a deeply personal narrative woven from Raji’s impressions of his motherland. The exhibition incorporates archival videos sourced from his family archive, enhancing the sense of personal interpretation of the past that permeates the project.

Mounir Raji, Cover Boy, 2017 | Inkjet Print Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl, framed with museum glass | 140 cm x 100 cm | Edition 3 + 2 AP

Mounir Raji, Car & Palmtrees, 2019 | Inkjet Print Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl, framed with museum glass | 140 cm x 100 cm | Edition 3 + 2 AP

Fascinated by daily life and photographing his family as well as strangers, Raji creates a nostalgic view of Morocco reminiscent of his youth. The work, on the one hand, is idealisation, and on the other hand, it’s an insight into the everyday. The vivid colours of landscapes, the soft use of light and the embrace of the blazing sun resemble a dream world or an idyllic memory. However, amidst this dream-like imagery, Raji captures the essence of ordinary street life, the cityscape in the middle of the desert, and the surrounding nature. In juxtaposing idealisation with everyday moments, Dreamland becomes an exploration of this dual perspective.

Linked with the video from Raji’s family archive, Dreamland is less an objective document and more a personal interpretation of the past. To what extent does the homeland begin to resemble an ideal world? For Mounir, this project is about the sense of warmth and safety one experiences reuniting with family, and also about feelings of trust, freedom and hope.

Mounir Raji, Scooter with ears, 2019 | Inkjet Print Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl, framed with museum glass | 35,5 cm x 25,3 cm | Edition 8 + 2 AP

Mounir Raji (1982, NL) is a Dutch-Moroccan photographer, image-maker and researcher. Honed in on the power of tranquillity, the artist looks for the unexpected side of familiar settings. In 2023, Raji had an expansive solo exhibition in The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Perfect Day. Mounir Raji Photographs Tourism, on the assignment of the museum. Previously his work was exhibited at Kunstmuseum Den Haag, Stevenson Amsterdam, Fotofestival Naarden. In 2024, he will be part of BredaPhoto Festival.

Among the client names of the photographer are companies like Adidas, Atelier Munro, Daily Paper, Elle Magazine, G-Star, Mastoor, Van Moof and Vogue Magazine. Most recent publications include The Guardian, Financial Times, Het Parool, De Volkskrant, Het Financieele Dagblad, De Groene Amsterdammer, among others. The work of Mounir Raji is part of the collection at The Rijksmuseum and a growing number of private collections.

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