Después del Futuro/بعد المستقبل/After the Future

ARTifariti 2016: 10th International Art and Human Rights Meeting in Western Sahara

Oussama Tabti  / Tête d'arabe #2 /

This work is a reinterpretation of a painting by the orientalist painter Etienne Dinet.


Its title, «Head of an Arab», was what struck me. This painting, executed in 1901 by a French painter, depicts an «Arab», the name by which he designates the colonized local inhabitant, presenting him as a curiosity, an exotic subject.


By confronting this representation to the contemporary depiction of Arabs in the medias, we are struck by the historical parallel: the Arab is still exhibited as an oddity.

Oussama Tabti


Algiers, 1988