On the eve of his exhibition Here is a Strange and Bitter Crop at Space Gallery in London, curator Cécile Bourne-Farrell spoke to artist Soufiane Ababri about the issues motivating his work. Engaging with subjects as wide-ranging as the global banana trade to football, Ababri tackles issues of social injustice, colonial exploitation and the history of representation. Mobilising the words of Malcolm X and A Strange and Bitter Fruit - Billie Halliday’s plangent anthem to racial injustice - Ababri aims to dislodge tropes, give voice to marginalised peoples thus positioning his art as a vessel for potential change.
Arts Cabinet is very grateful to Something We Africans Got for co-sharing the publication of this conversation.
Image: Peuples Erotiques, Peuples Exotiques, 2017 - Soufiane Ababri