Listening to the Present
Time, Spaces and Speaking Voices
A dialogue between Younes Baba-All and Anna Raimondo, with the special participation of the reader.
In: Pas de Deux: 5 x 2 x 2, Mediterranean dialogues. argobooks, 2014
Anna Raimondo, born in Naples in 1981, completed a master in Sound Arts at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) and is pursuing a doctorate between the School of Fine Arts in Brussels (ARBA) and ULAUniversity on the relationship between listening practices and feminist urban geography. Her artistic work uses voice and listening as platforms for meeting, collaboration and exchange. The material is formalized in actions, performances, photographs, videos and sound installations. She lives and works in Brussels. She has participated in Africa is No Island, a group show at the Museum MACAAL in Marrakech in 2018; Grand Tour d’Italie, a group show at MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna and Accademia di Belle Arti, L’Aquila in 2019; And Io dico Io at Galleria Nazionale, Rome, in 2021.
Younes Baba-Ali is an artist-alchemist who measures and mixes technology, objects, sound, video, and photography with political, social, and ecological issues in places uncommon to art practice. He makes art that is unconventional, intelligent and critical, mostly in public spaces or sites unusual for artistic practice. He is a sharp observer and raises pertinent questions aimed at society, the institutions and above all, his audience. As a free thinker he holds a mirror up to society and confronts it with its ingrained habits and dysfunctions. Baba-Ali’s work often assumes the form of the readymade, but underneath its facade of simplicity there is a complex exercise in balance at work. Baba-Ali was awarded the Léopold Sédar Senghor prize during the 2012 African Contemporary Art Biennial of Dakar and the Boghossian prize during the 2014 Belgian Art Prize Art Contest. He has participated in several international exhibitions, including Kunstenfestivaldesarts, the Biennale de Lubumbashi, Brussels Background, Brussels in Song Eun: Imagining Cities Beyond Technology 2.0, For a Brave New Brussels, Digital Imaginaries – Africas in Production, ZKM, One Place After Another, The Marrakech Biennale, documenta 14, Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Commissions, KANAL – Centre Pompidou, and Gemischte Gefühle, Tempelhof.