SCHLACHTEN | The Yearning for the Other Shore | Mediterranean Tragedy | Image © Mimouni El Houssaine

The Yearning for the Other Shore

“The yearning for the other shore, is a translation of my thoughts of returning to my country, going back to my roots. It also symbolizes a return to the light, so very unique to Africa.”

Whether painted on canvas or on paper, the many crossings are represented by means of recurring symbols such as canoes, bundles of sticks or ladders reaching for the sky. Among tones of grey and blue, red and orange and ochre, a boat sails the width of the canvas in an animated backdrop of letters, messages and signs. The ladders rise while courses are plotted, sometimes bound for the North, sometimes for the South or sometimes simply heading towards the horizon. These bare ladders, ubiquitous on Mimouni’s canvases, exist to go back in time, to climb onto the train of dreams ; they are a nexus with another place, banishing frontiers and barbed-wire fences. They are suspended between the earth and the sky.

“The idea is one of elevation, of searching elsewhere, of climbing to infinity.”

Timeless landscapes open to the imagination, peppered with words and symbols on the frontier between drawing and speech: places where no human figure intervenes, but where the features of humanity are delicately outlined in every detail.

About Mimouni El Houssaine

Born in 1957, El Houssaine Mimouni grew up in the southern Moroccan town of Taroudant, where he completed a secondary school diploma in the Humanities. His first visit to Paris in 1981 came as shock as he was surprised to see the abundance of museums and cultural offerings in the capital. This experience led him to set out on a voyage across England, Belgium and the Netherlands to discover museums and galleries. Another trip to Italy in 1984 solidified his passion for painting and archeology.

Mimouni entered the Fine Arts School of Tours in 1982, where he studied drawing, painting and engraving and earned a DNSEP (National Diploma in Visual Expression) in 1987 with high honors from the jury. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the Université Paris VIII (1990).

Since 1986, Mimouni has participated in a variety of individual and collective exhibitions at prestigious institutions across the world (World Bank, Washington ; Dakar Biennale, Senegal; Majlis Gallery, Dubai; Written Art Foundation, Frankfort and Marrakech; Casablanca Biennale; V Contemporary Art Gallery, Paris, etc.) and has completed numerous artistic residencies in Morocco (Al Maqam (Tahennaoute), Ifitry (Essaouira), International Festival of Assilah), where he continues to draw his creative inspiration.

In addition to painting and engraving, Mimouni has illustrated several literary texts, including “L’entrelangue / Entrelanguas” by Juan Gelman and Jacques Ancet and “Les Saisons d’Aden” by ’Amina Saïd.

He currently lives in Montpellier, France, where he teaches painting.

SCHALCHTEN | DISPLACED 2015 | Dusk and Not Dawn | Fernando Niño-Sánchez | Image © SCHLACHTEN TEAM
SCHALCHTEN | DISPLACED 2015 | disqualifiziert - vertrieben - ungehorsam | Franziska Gußmann | Image © Jana Plüschke

Franziska Gußmann

SCHLACHTEN | Performed Furniture | Chair Nr 35 | Image © Sonia Barrett

Sonia Barrett

SCHLACHTEN | Before/After: A Onesie Experience | Image © David Iselin-Ricketts

David Iselin-Ricketts

SCHLACHTEN | Anestis Logothetis – The Art of Displaced Sounds | Logothetis Ensemble | Image: Ghia Tin Ora © Anestis Logothetis 1975
SCHLACHTEN | INCUBATION BOOTH | Image © Colette / Laboratoire Lumiere
SCHLACHTEN | Heimatvertriebene| Image © Dorota Nieznalska

Dorota Nieznalska

SCHLACHTEN | WER IST DIE WAFFE, WO IST DER FEIND | Image © theatre 89

theater 89

SCHLACHTEN | Third Age | Image © Chris Avis

Chris Avis

SCHLACHTEN | The Yearning for the Other Shore | Mediterranean Tragedy | Image © Mimouni El Houssaine

Mimouni El Houssaine

SCHLACHTEN | Image © Maharaj Trio

The Maharaj Trio

SCHLACHTEN | Refugees KM | Image © by Dan Farberoff

Refugees KM

SCHLACHTEN | Schritte | Image © Sebastian David

Sebastian David

SCHLACHTEN | ECCE HOMO| Image © Christa Panzner

Christa Panzner

SCHLACHTEN | Wandering | Image © Khadija Tnana

Khadija Tnana

SCHLACHTEN | Image © Emily Pütter

Emily Pütter

SCHLACHTEN | Photonovel #3 – Work In Progress | Image © Angiola Bonanni

Angiola Bonanni

SCHLACHTEN | SELF diss played | Image © Isabella Gresser

Isabella Gresser

SCHLACHTEN | Shadows of Memories | Image © Gisela Weimann

Gisela Weimann

SCHLACHTEN | Zu Hause | Image © Harry van der Woud

Harry van der Woud

SCHLACHTEN| Image © Walter van Broekhuizen
SCHLACHTEN | Baumringe | Lampedusa | Image © Julia Schmid

Julia Schmid

SCHLACHTEN | Wanderboje | Image © Peschken / Pisarsky (Urban Art)
SCHLACHTEN | Image © Miguel Mothes

Miguel Mothes

SCHLACHTEN | Kriege keinen Frieden | Image © Ursula Heermann-Jensen
SCHLACHTEN | Evaporating Borders | Image © Iva Radivojevic

Iva Radivojevic

Avec destination à... / Con destino a… ("Bound for…") | Image © Said Messari

Said Messari

The Right to Leave | Image © Sharon Paz

Sharon Paz

SCHLACHTEN | Lost Way | Dark Way | Image © Salva Nebot

Salva Nebot

Bathroom Portraits | Image © Milos Tzare

Milos Tzare

Confusion of Shapes | Image © Khaled Al-boushi

Khaled Al-boushi

SCHLACHTEN | ZEITWEISE-REISE | Image © Johanna Speidel & Chus López Vidal
SCHLACHTEN | How To Greet Like A Jamaican Step1 | Zwoisy Mears-Clarke | Image © by Aleks Slota

Zwoisy Mears-Clarke

SCHLACHTEN | With Sails of Straw | Image © Anna Gimein

Anna Gimein