Batoul S’Himi (1974, Asilah, Morocco) uses household objects and products traditionally associated with women, such as saucepans, fabrics and spices. By doing so, she wants to critically examine social conventions and gender inequality.
A selection from the series World Under Pressure (2008-2015) was displayed at De Meelfabriek. From an assortment of Moroccan kitchenware – pressure cookers, gas canisters and kitchen knives – S’Himi has cut out the continents and contours of the Arab world. As well as the subservient position of women in the Arab world, the objects also refer to the history of cartography, in which international rivalry and land claims are order of the day. As the title makes clear, the world is under pressure. In the Arab world, but also in the western world, unrest, increasing distrust and hostility are the prevalent themes.
Batoul S’Himi lives and works in Martil, Morocco.biography& practice