Oussama Tabti


SHAPES 2017 | Installation | Variables dimensions

The invisible ones’ is one of the descriptions of the ‘chibanis’ (‘the elderly’), the first generation that migrated from the Maghreb to come and work here. Since I became interested in them I have discovered their discrete presence, and I study their actions and habits. What is striking is their quite exceptional way of dressing, which is both modest and distinguished.
A person or an object becomes invisible from the moment we no longer pay them any attention.

In this installation I use the clothes and accessories they wear. You can see them in the windows of certain shops, as another sign of the presence of the ‘chibanis’.

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