« In Arabic, Markib literally translates to boat. For me, it goes beyond referring to travel; it symbolizes the journey of return to the self. This installation consists of 99 small boats made of tracing paper, suspended to form a circle of light. A floating halo that illuminates the space with its green light; for green can be the color of vegetation, of nature, but also, in my view, of spiritual enlightenment, the rebirth of an inner life/self.
The series of five drawings that complete it traces the mutation of a star into a boat, the gradual effacement of the physical man in favor of the spiritual being. The dots with multicolored flashes, connected to the central form by silver embroidery threads, represent the many paths that lead to our ultimate and deep truth. The symbolism of the figures on which the whole work is based is inspired by the culture of Islam, but which can also be found in other regions of the world. Indeed, my work is nurtured by my own life experiences »
Tétouan, november 2005
From the sparkling star to the frail skiff, the human in quest for spirituality detaches little by little from the material world, to sail towards the truth of their original essence, guided by divine light in their most intimate journey, the purest of their adventures. Like so many initiatory paths, inviting him to go and return, explore and refocus, many dots of the horizon punctuate their mystical journey, like sacred stages leading to the heart of the supreme mystery.
Return to the source of the universe of solitary souls, return to mother earth of the voluntary migrants, the artworks of Younès Rahmoun are anchored in the frantic race, the incessant search of the simple passengers that we are. From these ever-contemporary themes, transcending frontiers and cultures, in the image of a wander as rich in sorrows as in unexpected revelations, the artist leads us towards the infinite peace of mind, finally restored in the silence of meditation.
About the exhibition
• Interview of Younès Rahmoun with Florence Darsi
• “Younès Rahmoun, place à la jeunesse” in La Gazette du Maroc
• “Younès Rahmoun” in Exit UrbanGuide
• “Exposition, Younès Rahmoun” in Famille Actuelle
• “Réflexion visuelle” in Femmes du Maroc
• “Exposition de Younès Rahmoun” in Ousra Magazine
• “Exposition Makrib de Younès Rahmoun” in Le Rare
• “Younès Rahmoun expose dans le cadre du cycle ‘Visions plurielles à l’unisson’ du Collectif 212” in L’Opinion