Batoul S’Himi (b. 1974, lives and works in Martil) transforms common household objects – a stovetop coffee pot, a pressure cooker – into objects for engaging in struggle. Her artwork questions social conventions, particularly the relationship of women to the domestic interior. S’Himi co-founded the independent art space Espace 150 x 295 cm (Martil) in 2005 with artist Faouzi Laatiris. Her work has been included in exhibitions such as at L’appartement 22 (Rabat) and Musée des Arts Décoratif (Paris) as well as in Dak’Art (Dakar). S’Himi’s work is in the public collections of FRAC-PACA (Marseille) and FRAC Corse (Corsica).
Batoul S’Himi re-imagines both everyday objects and natural materials including kohl and cinder in "World’s Pressure." The artist recycles and refashions these objects into tools of resistance engaged in socio-political issues. S’Himi adopts a direct language that ironically appropriates methods employed in official propaganda and populist media. From its origin as an object so familiar to women in Morocco, the pressure-cooker, for example, becomes restructured into a strangely open form.