(Click on the headphones and play the audio track)

Zinneke2_Younes Baba-Ali©Luc Schrobiltgen

The installation Zinneke consists of nests of parakeets integrated into the rear space of the MAAC with audio recordings of their calls in the city. Initially released by the Heysel Zoo in 1974, these exotic birds, much present in parks and green spaces in Brussels, are now domesticated. Due to the global climate crisis they thrive in the “new” climate of Brussels. Thus, the Zinneke installation is a metaphor for migration, the relationship between migrants and their new environment and their relationship with the local population.

Zinneke, 2014
Installation site specific

Photo: Lea Belooussovitch
All Images: Courtesy the artist


Younes Baba-Ali was born in 1986 in Oujda, Morocco. He lived from an early age in France, but now he lives and works in Brussels and Casablanca.

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