Fatha means opening in Arabic. Younes Rahmoun was inspired to make this work by the small openings cut into the walls of rural houses or in the traditional homes of Morocco’s medinas (old cities). These openings, which are not covered with glass, aerate the interior while making it impossible to distinguish what hides behind them. The artist thus created a series of works that adopt this motif, using oven-baked clay or dried in the sun, as well as cardboard. As an aesthetic research on the theme of openings and empty contents, this work is also a pretext to experiment with clay.
Fatha is Younes Rahmoun’s first installation/sculpture. Exhibited at eye-level, it invites the viewer to come close enough to put her eye against the opening in order to see what hides behind.