SOUFIANE ABABRI Something New Under The Little Prince's Body
8 Nov 2019 — 1 Feb 2020
SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE LITTLE PRINCE'S BODY Exhibiton view, 2019
DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM are pleased to present our first solo exhibition with SOUFIANE ABABRI (b. Rabat, Morocco, 1985) at the gallery. Titled SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE LITTLE PRINCE’S BODY, it will open on Friday, 08 November, at 6–8 PM. Installed over various tones of flesh-painted walls, the exhibition features a new body of figurative colored-pencil drawings prompting a discourse on sexuality and interracial love among postcolonial-era gays. Ababri, who often stages interventions or workshops, activates the exhibition on opening night with an accompanying performance in the gallery, initiating the relationship and narrative between the Prince and his new lover and featuring body-to-body movements, song, and texts.
Framed by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella “Le Petit Prince,” Ababri’s exhibition asks the challenging question of what would have happened if the Aryan-alien blond Little Prince, after arriving on Earth, had met and fallen in love with an Arab man.