Statements of the jury
«Me, personally, I was convinced about this collaboration because Youness is one of the most famous artists in Morocco and North Africa.» This sentence kicks off «The Architects», the highly intelligent and clever performance of the Moroccan artist duo Youness Atbane & Youness Aboulakoul. From the beginning, they expose in pleasurable ways how representation formats, art exhibitions and art markets work. The performers wittily criticise the capitalistic system by playing with the bias between being human and the object. Within a most accurately choreographed structure, Youness Atbane and Youness Aboulakoul make themselves the subject as well as the object of their work and thus question the relation of object and art. With this play they skilfully contort institutional (art) systems and lend their work a cosmopolitan character. «The Architects» coherently weaves the cultural background and artistic career of both performers to a multidisciplinary creation which arouses the curiosity about the duo’s future performances.