'Late', 2015, with Mariam Said. Dual-channel video installation, 19 min, colour, sound
'Letter from Tangier', 2014, Single-channel video installation, 13 min, color, sound
Hamza Halloubi’s work lies between documentary and fiction, and fully utilizes the space between the two. His videos, photos and artist’s books are filled with references to collectively entertained ideas. By placing them parallel to personal interactions and stories, Halloubi provides official visions and explanations with a subjective critical perspective. He grants viewers enough leeway for a perspective of their own, though.
Many of Halloubi’s works are situated in places burdened by political history. For Passage, for example, he travelled to Jerusalem – a camera in his pocket – to visit the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest place in the Muslim world but controversial because of its location on the Jewish Temple Mount. Through its abstracted esthetics, this video work transcends all political clichés and becomes an imaginative and layered visual metaphor
The film is made up of shots filmed at the Gran Teatro Cervantes in Tangier with Larbi Yacoubi. The film is about the voyage of images, of the difficulty of working, and of the boundary between fiction and documentary. Letter from Tangier analyzes the challenge of creating a fiction film when reality is too complex to be reduced to a documentary work.