February 6 –
March 28, 2020
lith, 2019
lith, 2019

Lydia Ourahmane: صرخة شمسية Solar Cry

Opening reception: February 6, 2020, 5:30 - 8:00pm

صرخة شمسية Solar Cry is an orchestra. The voice of a female opera singer chanting two slightly different musical keys fills the gallery with monotonous sound, and an assemblage of sub-decibel recordings the artist took in Sefar, a desert plateau in the Sahara, vibrate through the walls. Sounds and silences become pressure points, in a choreography of repetitions, for the physical experience of negative space.

A solar cry is one where silence is sovereign. It’s a cry that thickens all the interruptions and the intervals between sounds. It's the suspended part of the beat that makes the rhythm - the glitch that opens up between the groove. With this exhibition, Ourahmane harvests the gallery's past and present silences, making them ready for visitors to witness. She creates a context where some of those cries might be felt, even for a short moment, and where they can leave traces behind as they pass by.

This exhibition is the artist's first solo museum show in the United States.

Lydia Ourahmane (b. 1992, Saïda, Algeria) lives and works in Algiers.

Curated by Anthony Huberman and organized by Diego Villalobos. This exhibition received the 2019 Ellsworth Kelly Award, made possible by the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

More information coming soon.