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Posted on: 07/03/2018

Lydia Ourahmane Talk Inspires our Young Artists


A group of Year 9 Girls were recently lucky enough to hear from artist Lydia Ourahmane who visited our school to deliver a talk on her work and her practice. 

Lydia's work is often informed by her own personal experiences. The new work she has produced is influenced by time spent in Oran, Algeria, in her family home. She created lots of audio recordings from musical performances, markets, and overheard conversations all in Oran. She combined these with recordings she made with friends who are musicians. In the gallery space, Lydia has installed speakers in the floor and you can feel the sounds vibrations from the recordings that play in the space.

As part of the exhibition Lydia also been researching her grandfather's life and his involvement in the Algerian war for independence. To resist fighting in the second world war, Lydia's grandfather pulled out his own teeth making him unfit for service. In honouring his memory, Lydia has created two gold teeth - one is presented in the gallery and one is installed in Lydia's mouth. 

We thank Lydia for an amazing talk and Ms Skinner for oganising the visit