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View of “Younès Rahmoun,” 2018. Photo: Livia Saavedra.

Younès Rahmoun

Galerie Imane Farès

View of “Younès Rahmoun,” 2018. Photo: Livia Saavedra.

Hijra,” the title of Younès Rahmoun’s most recent exhibition, refers to the departure, in the year 622, of the Prophet Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Yathrib, the pre-Islamic name of Medina. Hijra—the word means “migration” in Arabic—is an act of faith, an act that looks toward the future. “I think that traveling is a true gift,” the artist said in an interview with curator Jérôme Sans, “whether it is an inner journey or a journey toward the other.” Rahmoun draws strongly on the traditions of Islam in his work, particularly Sufi philosophy. However, it is not only the presence of religious symbolism that animates the new and recent drawings, sculpture, and installation that Rahmoun presented here, but also the artist’s faith. In an interview with curator Abdellah Karroum, the artist explained, “I think my ideas are increasingly informed by religion,” continuing,

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