Ikram Bouloum

Jun 22 - Sep 08, 2021

Art Nou 2021


Ha-bb5 UPDATE 1. Henna – 29.06.2021 (12:00 – 13:00h)

Ha-bb5 UPDATE 2. Maime – 6.07.2021 (12:00 – 13:00h)

Ha-bb5 UPDATE 3. Ineia – 13.07.2021 (12:00 – 13:00h)

Ha-bb5 UPDATE 4. Nhara  – 20.07.2021 (12:00 – 13:00h)

Ha-bb5 UPDATE 5. The Game – 27.07.2021 (12:00 – 13:00h)

Ha-bb5 UPDATE FINAL (Ft. Mans O)7.09.2021 (18:00 – 20:00h)

From Moroccan parents and born in Torelló, Ikram Bouloum (1993) has been living in Barcelona for ten years where she has developed her artistic facet as Dj playing in most of the clubs and parties in the city. Her music sessions are conceived as a form of narrative, a kind of sound literature, and her utopian club is a polyphonic space.

In May 2021, Ikram Bouloum released her first EP, Ha-bb5, which brings together the representation of a tragedy and a birth along five tracks produced by Mans O. The project aims to deploy and counterpose a musical and aesthetic dialogue between the most contemporary Western electronica and a reinterpretation of the popular musical aesthetic and dance of Maghreb, based on the cultural and personal heritage of the artist. Feminist, emancipated and innovative, the music of Ha-bb5 explores a radical sound that destroys the two “establishments” of the dichotomy of the cultural shock, in order to create a space of its own, empowered and safe.

Ikram Bouloum presents Ha-bb5 UPDATE, an exhibition that bring together video, sound and text, organized by Gracias por su visita at Nogueras Blanchard. Ha-bb5 UPDATE unfolds a visual and sound journey through the elements that support and configure the musical narrative of “Ha-bb5”. The exhibition gives prominence to Ha-bb5; it recovers and presents in the foreground the choral voices, the technical meditations, and the symbology that are never protagonists in an EP, nonetheless always important and indispensable. Here her artistic research and interests for the collective process and interdisciplinary collaboration can be felt.

Through six activations (UPDATES) main elements that form the exhibition will emerge and will be pronounced in order to reconstruct the entire plot of Ha-bb5 and re-explain the story with a final performance featured by Mans O.



Project produced in collaboration with: Mans O, Goretexdealer, Sara V. Mallo, Marcos Oteiza, Guillem Daniel Esteba, Britt Elvira Ruitenberg, Ed Marais, Gracias por su visita y NoguerasBlanchard.



IKRAM BOULOUM. With a degree in humanities and specialized in Modern and Contemporary aesthetics at the University of Barcelona Pompeu Fabra, Ikram Bouloum (Torelló, 1993) has been researching different musical currents and working in the Barcelona context for years.

Ikram Bouloum has done her internship at the Debates and Conferences department of the CCCB, at the Humanities Institute and Primavera Sound. She has worked for the cooperative “L’Afluent”, where she has developed a gender-based study during the programming carried out in Fabra i Coats and Sala VOL in 2018 and 2019. At Sala VOL the artist has programmed and raised several parties such as “Zen55”, “Contagiós”, “Black Noise” and “Migrations”, among others, as a form of research and sensory and experiential experimentation in the party space OR party scene.

In the past, she has been part of the “Zen55” collective and is currently part of “iii (aiaiai)”, a duo project with Isamit Morales. Together with Morales they also program radio at Dublab.es, which has been in residence at the artistic production center Hangar.org. Ikram Bouloum is also part of the electronic music collective “Jokkoo”, which represents the African diaspora in the city of Barcelona.

Since the end of 2019, she has started producing her own music creation in collaboration with producer Mans O. As a result of this collaboration, in May 2021 she released her first EP: “Ha-bb5”. At the end of 2020, she was selected as a major talent by the International We are Europe Network program.


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