Visuals 1 to 7: Exhibition views of “A7EBAK COME BACK “, 2024

Courtesy of the artist

Photos © Salim Santa Lucia


Visuals 8 to 16: Views of the performance Gomme arabique, 2024

Courtesy of the artist

Photos © Salim Santa Lucia


Réda Boussella

15 Mar. — 6 Apr. 2024

  • Curating:Nathanaëlle Puaud and Marc Bembekoff
  • Opening:15 Mar. 2024

Réda Boussella (born in 1994, lives and works in Aubervilliers) explores a colorful and pop-art sculptural, pictorial and performative practice in which hierarchies are joyfully blurred. Intentionally sensitive, this willful overlapping allows him to bring out the artistic and political stakes that shape our daily lives.


During his seven-month residency at La Galerie, centre d’art contemporain, Réda Boussella developed a project entitled A7EBAK COME BACK [I love you Come back], based around the subject of the journey to the bled, a summer trek that he himself experienced in his youth. At Noisy-le-Sec, he met groups of residents to exchange with them around their personal and family stories, thus opening a space that lent itself to elaboration and to the drafting of an alternative memoir. This text describes both the material conditions of the journey (mode of transportation, length, luggage and gifts brought) and the feeling of exile and the intimate ties nourished with the family members who remained in the native land.


Based on these narratives, Réda Boussella conceived of a moveable parade titled Gomme Arabique, which symbolically replays the journey to the bled—a piece that lies between individual or collective memory and fantasy. The elements, made by the artist, that make up the exhibition—sets, costumes and other scenographic objects—come to life in a manner simultaneously burlesque, poetic and political on the occasion of performances by an amateur troupe of actors and musicans from Noisy-le-Sec.


Réda Boussella’s residency received the support of the Département de la Seine-Saint-Denis.


Gomme arabique, performance of Réda Boussella


Friday 15 March, 19:30pm

Friday 22 March, 19:30pm

Saturday 6 April, 19:30pm

In collaboration with Élise Brion, the association Noisy Ensemble Solidaire (NES) and the Conservatoire Nadia & Lili Boulanger.


As part of la semaine des Indépendances of Noisy-le-Sec.



Each Saturday, 2:30pm  4pm (except for school holidays) 

Free workshops, registration required


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The intervening artist Sarah Nefissa Belhadjali proposes to explore several plastic techniques related to the exhibition.

“Dijà-vous”: selection of architectural elements from Noisy, drawing and creation of miniatures using 3D printing.


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