February 6 –
March 28, 2020
Lydia Ourahmane: صرخة شمسية Solar Cry

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

This is an orchestra. There is the voice of an opera singer holding slightly different tones, in two recordings that chase and try to find each other. There is the sound of walking on three kilos of salt crystals. There is the cry of a metal detector, undulating to one gram of gold set within the floor. And embedded within a wall is a recording of silence, made on the desert plateau of Tassili N'Ajjer, where the artist found a 12,000 year old cave painting of a warrior girl. Everything is coated in blue.

This environment swallows the bodies of those who pass through it and etches itself onto the surface of the skin.

Lydia Ourahmane is interested in how belief is registered on the body—how it's materialized as it rushes through bodies. Does it leave a trace of where it's been? Does it linger in empty buildings, like an echo, long after bodies have left?

صرخة شمسية Solar Cry is made of sounds, permanent marks, and negative space. It can seem hostile and chaotic, but there is always the possibility for its voices to suddenly synchronize and resonate, even for a short moment, and create an experience of suspension and disbelief.

(continue reading full curatorial essay online here or download a PDF here)

Public Programs:
February 12: Lydia Ourahmane in conversation with Anthony Huberman
March 7: A performance by sound artist Laetitia Sonami

Reading List:
Explore a selection of texts chosen by the artist to accompany Solar Cry here.


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. The artist thanks Ahmed, Yasmine Allaouat, Myriam Amroun, Khaled Bouzidi, Hiba Ismail, Eliel Jones, Donna and Juan Kong, Lahsen, Sophia Al Maria, Moussa, Hie Tee Ourahmane, Sarah Ourahmane, Amine Ali Pacha, Philip Perkins, and Nikola Printz.

Press:
Art Daily
Square Cylinder, by Dore Bowen
Artforum, by Jovanna Venegas
art-agenda, by Fanny Singer

Lydia Ourahmane, صرخة شمسية Solar Cry, 2020; Installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, صرخة شمسية Solar Cry, 2020; Installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, Ab, Bb, 2020; Sound, ¼” x 2,500’ 10 ½” tape; 1:1 hr, loop; performed on site by Nikola Printz; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, Ab, Bb, 2020; Sound, ¼” x 2,500’ 10 ½” tape; 1:1 hr, loop; performed on site by Nikola Printz; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, 3kgs salt, 2020; Crystal salt; Dimensions variable; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, 3kgs salt, 2020; Crystal salt; Dimensions variable; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, 1st draft of my Mother’s book “Divine Encounters,” 1974-1992; 42 pages, ink on paper; courtesy of the artist and Hie Tee Ourahmane. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, 1st draft of my Mother’s book “Divine Encounters,” 1974-1992; 42 pages, ink on paper; courtesy of the artist and Hie Tee Ourahmane. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, Solar Cry, 2020; Sound, 8 transducers, 4 amplifiers; 1:27 hr, loop; recording of silence embedded into wall; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, Solar Cry, 2020; Sound, 8 transducers, 4 amplifiers; 1:27 hr, loop; recording of silence embedded into wall; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, صرخة شمسية Solar Cry, 2020; Installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, صرخة شمسية Solar Cry, 2020; Installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, Gold Digger, 2020-ongoing; Metal detector, 1 gm of gold, sound; 23 5/8” x 33 5/8”; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, Gold Digger, 2020-ongoing; Metal detector, 1 gm of gold, sound; 23 5/8” x 33 5/8”; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, warrior girl c.12,000 b.c., 2020; Single-channel digital video, sound; 3:44 min; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, warrior girl c.12,000 b.c., 2020; Single-channel digital video, sound; 3:44 min; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, ℵ0, 2020; Permanent wall etching; 28 x 28 inches; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, ℵ0, 2020; Permanent wall etching; 28 x 28 inches; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, صرخة شمسية Solar Cry, 2020; Installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, صرخة شمسية Solar Cry, 2020; Installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, Tin Merzouga, 2020; Polaroid; 3 ¾” x 4 ¼”; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, Tin Merzouga, 2020; Polaroid; 3 ¾” x 4 ¼”; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, Neolithic Tumulus c.6,000-12,000 b.c., 2020; Polaroid; 3 ¾” x 4 ¼”; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, Neolithic Tumulus c.6,000-12,000 b.c., 2020; Polaroid; 3 ¾” x 4 ¼”; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, Sefar, 2020; Polaroid tryptic; 3 ¾” x 4 ¼” (each); Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography<br />
Lydia Ourahmane, Sefar, 2020; Polaroid tryptic; 3 ¾” x 4 ¼” (each); Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, Cave painting of a Woman giving birth c.6,000-12,000 b.c., 2020; Polaroid; 3 ¾” x 4 ¼”; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography
Lydia Ourahmane, Cave painting of a Woman giving birth c.6,000-12,000 b.c., 2020; Polaroid; 3 ¾” x 4 ¼”; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Impart Photography