Moussa Sarr: The bumblebee, the fly and the mosquito

Actor and protagonist in his own films, Moussa Sarr’s canny portrayal of animals and insects is humorous and at the same time unnerving as he scratches beneath the skin to challenge social norms and stereotyping.

The three main characters in this installation – the bumblebee, the fly and the mosquito – buzz around the gallery space, each vying to be the centre of attention. With seemingly playful ease, man and insect merge, as does our laughter and discomfort. The persistence with which he plays each character is unrelenting, forcing the viewer to take a stand or retreat into the safe corner that nature and nurture has designated ‘the comfort zone’.

Calm and respite can be found in Art Exchange’s Project Space which screens ‘L’appel’, a film made while in residency in Tetouan, Morocco. Moussa Sarr subtly plays with France’s national symbol – the cockerel – which can be heard responding to the call to prayer.

Born in 1984 in Ajaccio, Corsica, Moussa Sarr lives and works in Paris. He studied at the Fresnoy Studio national des arts contemporains, France. Recent exhibitions include Fotomuseum Winthertur, Zurich; Palais de Tokyo, FIAC Paris; the Cinéphémère program at the Ricard Foundation; the Boston French Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Cecilia Brunson Projects, London.

Curated by Sanna Moore.

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