AiM 2007 was undoubtedly a resounding success! Despite the heavens opening on the opening evening and blessing AiM with heavy downpours the photographic exhibition, “9 perspectives from South Africa” drew a large crowd for a very wet Friday evening! The South African photographic exhibition in the museum of Marrakech was bold and striking – and the unique spaces inside the museum, such as the douriya and the smoke-blackened walls of the hammam gave each photographer’s work its own intimate and unusual setting. This exhibition at AiM was one of the first major international exhibitions to offer an overview of Southern African Photography.
One of the most exciting editions to the biennale was L’appartement 22, a project for contemporary art from Rabat founded and curated by Abdellah Karroum. The works included video, photography, installations, miniatures and plastic and were produced by Moroccan artists between 2002 and 2007. L’appartement 22 Rabat/Marrakech was exhibited at Marrakech’s new film school – L’Ecole Superieure des Arts Visuels (ESAV).
The literary and screenwriters’ forums were some of the most anticipated events of the biennale and featured Zadie Smith, John Boorman, William Dalrymple, Hari Kunzru, Faouzi Bensaidi, Christopher Hampton, Edmond El Maleh & Guy Tillim. Some of the highlights included Alan Yentob discussing with John Boorman, Richard E. Grant and Faouzi Bensaidi, the ups and downs of creating auto-biographical films; a timely and spirited debate about literature and identity with Hari Kunzru, Mohsin Hamid, Yassin Adnan and, arguably one of Morocco's greatest living writers, Edmond El Maleh and superb readings by Hari Kunzru, Zadie Smith and Mohsin Hamid from their latest novels. Well-attended by fellow directors, writers, film and literary enthusiasts, and the students from ESAV, every event pushed forward ideas and opened eyes to new possibilities.