Meriem Bennani discusses her recent 8-channel installation, Party on the CAPS (2019). Set in a speculative future in which migrants travel by teleportation, Party on the CAPS is an account of life in a refugee camp, fusing tropes of documentary, animation, reality TV, and science fiction to explore themes of displacement, the virtual, and globalization. The artist will discuss the origins of the work and the process of creation, from research and animation to shooting, editing, and installation.
Meriem Bennani was born in 1988, in Rabat, Morocco. She lives and works in New York. Bennani’s work, which she regularly publishes on social-media outlets such as Instagram and Snapchat, applies unexpected humor and an absurdist sensibility to typically sensitive or taboo subjects, such as the wearing of the hijab by Muslim women.