Mohamed Thara was born in 1972 in Fez, Morocco. He lives and works between Bordeaux and Paris. As a multidisciplinary artist, he holds a National Diploma (DNSEP) in Visual Arts Expressions from the “Ecole supérieure des Beaux-Arts” in Bordeaux. After having trained in Paris in the different films and photography technics, first, at INA SUP (Audiovisual National Institute) and then at Arscipro (Professional Film School). Mohamed Thara is a Doctor in Aesthetics and Art Theory (PhD) at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne. Mohamed Tara has participated in numerous exhibitions around the world: The “Soho International Art Contest” in New York, USA (1999), the “Biennale of Contemporary Art in Sharajah”, United Emirates Arab (1995), the collective Grand Palais “Jeune Peinture” in Paris, France (1999), the “Mutation” at the Museum -(CAPC)- of Contemporary Art in Bordeaux (2001), France and also at the ZKM, Art and Media Museum in Karlsruhe, Allemagne (2017), at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio Janeiro, Brazil (2017), at the Kochi Musiris Biennale, in Kerala India (2017), the Venice Architecture Biennale (2018)
As long as I can hold my breath
“As Long As I Can Hold My Breath” is an experimental video that tells the sinking of a migrant boat in the middle of the Mediterranean with an audiovisual recontextualization of archives of the sinking. The video shows swallows leaving Europe in autumn to winter in Africa. It is haunted by the tragedy of Lampedusa on October 3, 2013, off Libya, at the borders of Europe. A horror that turned into a nightmare when the 400 corpses came to the surface.