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View of Meriem Bennani's art installation at Art Dubai, 2017. Photo by Meriem Bennani and SIGNAL

Party on the CAPS: Meriem Bennani

Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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Meriem Bennani discusses her recent 8-channel installation, Party on the CAPS (2019). Set in a speculative future in which migrants travel by teleportation, Party on the CAPS is an account of life in a refugee camp, fusing tropes of documentary, animation, reality TV, and science fiction to explore themes of displacement, the virtual, and globalization. The artist will discuss the origins of the work and the process of creation, from research and animation to shooting, editing, and installation.

Meriem Bennani was born in 1988, in Rabat, Morocco. She lives and works in New York. Bennani’s work, which has appeared at venues ranging from the Whitney Museum of Art to Instagram, applies unexpected humor and an absurdist sensibility to explore, among other themes, post-colonial French-Moroccan subjectivity and digital aesthetics.

Image Credit: Ghariba /Stranger; Installation view at Art Dubai, 2017; Photo: Meriem Bennani and SIGNAL