Apparitions à Soco Chico

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Apparitions à Soco Chico Single –Channel Video Installation 6:15 Min © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Akinci
Apparitions à Soco Chico

Lijnbaansgracht 317
1017 WZ Amsterdam
January 31st, 2015 - March 7th, 2015
Opening: January 31st, 2015 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Museum Area
+31 (0) 20 638 0480
Tue-Sat 1-6
video-art, installation


Hamza Halloubi’s (Morocco, 1982) poetic video works manoeuvre between documentary and fiction. Guided by the artist‐author’s voice, all of his works maintain a philosophical aspect that refers both to theoretical knowledge and to personal memories. Halloubi’s film ‘Apparitions à Soco Chico’, presented in the attachment space at AKINCI, subverts the language of cinema to make the filmmaker’s creative process itself the subject of his work.  

 ‘Apparitions à Soco Chico’ is an editing of different sequences shot by a friend of the artist during a day in Tangier. The pictures depict daily life in the Soco Chico (a historic neighbourhood in the city which was also filmed by the Lumière brothers). From those insignificant images, the artist created a narrative with excerpts of texts by writers and journalists of the 20th century who wro‐ te about their fascination and atonement for the first films in the history of cinema. The film questions the perception of images nowadays, also in relation to the history of cinema and the multiplication of filmed images. The documentary images of the life in Soco Chico end with the almost phantomic appearance of the actress Tilda Swinton in the film.  

 Hamza Halloubi (Morocco, 1982) studied at the HISK Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgi‐ um between 2012‐14 after receiving his Master in Visual Arts at ENSAV la Cambre, Brussels (2004‐2010). This year he started his residency period at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2015/2016). Hamza Halloubi has had solo shows at KIOSK, Gent, Belgium (2014), La CENTRALE for contemporary art, Brussels, Belgium (2014) , c‐o‐m‐p‐o‐s‐i‐t‐e, Brussels, Belgium (2014), Cen‐ ter for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden (2014), BOZAR Palais des Beaux‐Arts, Brussels, Belgi‐ um (2013), Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium (2012), Monty ABN, Antwerp, Belgium (2011). Hamza Halloubi participated at the Marrakech Biannale, Morocco (2014), Nass Belgica, Botanique, Brussels, Belgium (2014), Portrait of the Artist, Works and References, curated by Ka‐ terina Gregos, HISK, Gent, Belgium (2013), Watou Kunstenfestival (2012), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2012). Upcoming: solo show at  Museum De Pont, Tilburg, Netherland (2015) and participation at the 5rd Thessaloniki Biennial, Thessaloniki, Greece.  

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