Pour une poignée de Dollars offers an expansion of Mohamed Bourouissa's project Horseday, first presented at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and thereafter across Europe. Made with and about the community of the Philadelphia Fletcher Street Riders, this project explores a distortion and fragmentation of shared reality, making visible the story of the American Black cowboy, while probing questions of representation.
In 2014, the artist spent nearly a year in North Philadelphia, PA, living among the young men of the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, a non-profit established over 100 years ago by African American cowboys. Bourouissa instigated a collaboration with the community of riders and local artists—a riding competition and pageant called "Horse Day" in which equestrian participants arrived clad in decadent regalia. Using the cowboy as an emblem of a narrative of domination, the critical documents Bourouissa and the Fletcher Street community produced—sculptures, costumes, drawings, photography, and video—explore social injustice as it relates to geographical space, thereby spotlighting contemporary America's culture of segregation.
Mohamed Bourouissa (b. 1978, Blida, Algeria) lives and works in Paris, France.