Name of the project: Low mountains - Dar al-Ma'mûn invites Marc-Olivier Wahler
Date<: Exhibition from Thursday 1st March 2012 to April 15, 2012 -
Opening Thursday 1st March from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Dar Bellarj
To mark the occasion of the Marrakech Biennale, Dar al-Ma'mûn is pleased to invite Marc-Olivier Wahler, Director of the Palais de Tokyo - National contemporary art center in Paris, France. The Palais de Tokyo is an art center created in the early 2000s, which rapidly established itself on the international scene. Since 2006, under the leadership of its director, Marc-Olivier Wahler, previously director of the New York Swiss Institute, its dynamic has continued to increase through major exhibitions ("Mille milliards d'années," personal exhibitions of Ugo Rondinone and Jeremy Deller, or work of recognition from artists such as Charlotte Posenenske, not to mention the permanent work to support emerging scenes with space dedicated "modules"). In addition, Marc-Olivier Wahler has developed an « outdoor » program called "Chalets de Tokyo" to multiple collaborations around the world.
The exhibition "Low mountains" brings together works by Tony Matelli, Gianni Motti, Michel Blazy, Bertrand Dezoteux, Alex Israel, Vincent Ganivet, Katinka Bock , Philippe Mayaux and is significant of the program set up by Marc-Olvier Wahler over the past 6 years: the artists presented have all collaborated with the Parisian institution. The change of context, in Dar Bellarj, outside the normative references of the art center, seeks otherness beyond the walls: the exhibition will benefit from a specific public support, including a proposal for further activities for the public, adults and children of Dar Bellarj, making the exhibition fully accessible to all.
On the occasion of the Marrakech Biennale, "Low mountains" makes a modest but energetic contribution to what creation can mean.
Finally, "Low mountains" is the first exhibition of a series to come to Dar al Ma'mûn: by proposing « Carte Blanche » exhibitions here in Marrakech to major international art centers, current international creation thereby becomes accessible to Morocco.
Supported by the Dar Bellarj foundation and the Palais de Tokyo.
Curator : Marc-Olivier Wahler
Date time : ongoing start december 2011. Exhibition at l'ESAV : Friday 16h30
Opening : Friday 2nd March, 4:30-7:00pm
Location : Esav - Marrakech
The project, devised by Angelo Bellobono in collaboration with Aniko E. M. Boehler / morocco experience & projects and Alessandro Facente through a residential program Atla(s)now entails a series of experimental artistic-didactic-training activities to support environmental education and the development of a sustainable local micro-economy on the basis of Angelo Bellobono's artistic work and his knowledge as a ski coach.
Dar Toubkal - Mountain Propre Visitors & Research Centre which opened in Imlil on July 10th 2011 as well as the new Community centre/maison des associations newly established in Imlil, will act as a hubs for the residential programs and promote the construction of a platform bringing together educational structures and local communities, involving international and national artists to create a spread out museum, outdoors and in the homes of local populations.
The residential program will be inaugurated in January/February 2012 with the students from the ESAV / Ecole supérieure des arts visuels de Marrakech and will have the task of promoting project aims and objectives, including setting up of a ngo operated ski club & equipment rental for local children and the re-enforcing the capacities of the local ski instructors.
The art works created in situ making exclusive use of the local workforce will be used & combined with the cultural offer to visitors, activating new micro-economies and providing the area with a spread out museum.
It will include video, photography, paintings, design, graphic material, land art, environmental installations, made in part using refuse collected and traditional material revisited with contemporary approach.
The outcome of the entire project, will be documented by photo, video, drawings, visuals diaries... This making of will also form a traveling exhibition.
The first exhibition will open during the Marrakech Biennale 2012 part of the Official Parallel Projects.
"The Golden Fairy Tale or the Paradox of Natural Resources"
29th, February until 6th, March 2012
51, Derb el Hammam
Golden fairy tales or the the paradox of natural resources
The transcultural and free association of artists T.act develops a site specific installation based on artistic research about the natural resource "gold". Ever since historical and recent policies are enormously influenced by the disposability of natural resources. Aspects of post- colonialism, globalised economic strategies and with it evident local consequences give witness about this fact.
Furthermore the material "gold" has a broad range of connotations. So "The Beyond" which can be found in fairy tales and regional traditions is opening the topic to tangible local and personal backgrounds.
The interest of T.act is to develop an artwork which is working with a specific material and as well with its relations between global and local structures in the sense of cultural studies .
T.act intends to investigate questions of collaboration as well as conception and recognition of art in the various "worlds". We wonder, whether human ways of dealing with the global and cross-border problems of 21st century can be proved and visualized by an artistic process in the sense of a transforming term of a hybrid culture.
A working process based on democratic principles will substantiate the exhibition's display in Marakesh in March 2012.
T.act: Nisren Abasher (Sudan), Anja Bodanowitz (Germany), Stefan Doldt (Germany), Nusreldin
El Douma (Sudan), Christine Geesing (Germany), Edmon Khalil (Sweden), Shayma Kamel (Egypt), Janna Schneewitta Rehbein (Germany), Katharina Quecke (Germany), Teyssir Salim and Issam Haffiez
On Geometry and Speculation
Date :29th of February - 28th of March 2012
Opening : Friday 2nd March, 4:30-7:00pm
Location: ESAV (Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech)
The exhibition On Geometry and Speculation takes the context of the city of Marrakech to investigate issues revolving around interdisciplinary representation in Islamic and Western art. The starting point is Islamic thought and the prohibition of depicting the world by imaging. This led to a representation of the world by mathematical form. The viewer will be directed to new ways of viewing Geometry, both historically as politically. The works presented by contemporary artists working with a divers set of media and materials will also be connected to the idea of education as a notion of promise and the status of affairs in Morocco after the Arab Spring. Through the physical act, the use of rhythm, algorithm and translation in sound and images the artists show different approaches to these issues.
With the artists: Martijn van Boven (NL) and Tom Tlalim (IS/UK), Julia Dault (US), Marjolijn Dijkman (NL), Germaine Dulac (FR), Aurélien Froment (FR), Berit Greinke (UK) and Alessandro Altavilla (UK), Navid Nuur (NL), Lisa Oppenheim (US), Amalia Pica (UK/AR), Esther Polak (NL) and Ivar van Bekkum (NL), Mike Rijnierse (NL), Bram Vreven (NL).
Exhibition curated by Hicham Khalidi
Sponsored by: Mondriaan Fund, Stroom Den Haag
29th February until 11th March 2012.
Opening : 3rd March at 11:00
Location : Park Hyatt, Al Maaden club house
In the heart of the Marrakech Biennale, while the red city is giving an homage to contemporary art, the Biennale Off gives another insight. Seven artists have been invited by Amien Kabbaj to meet Moroccan craftsmen.
The artwork will be shown in the Park Hyatt, in the middle of Al Maaden Golf club, from 29th February until 11th March 2012.
In October 2010 Amine Kabbaj curated Animal Dream, exhibition off during the first edition of Marrakech Art Fair. This creative architect is once again curating a contemporary art show, this time for the Biennale.
For this exhibition, instead of a theme, it will deal with a similar size and form that the artist will use.
Based on the idea of mix, meeting and unity, Amine Kabbaj gathers 7 artists that he particularly appreciates Christophe RONEL, Yassine Mekhnache « Yaze », Jonas « SUN 7 », Marco GUERRA, Yasmina ALAOUI, Tanc VAO and Leila ALAOUI .
Each of those 7 artists will create 7 totem 2mx60cm and 2 of them will be mixed with the work of a craftsman of their choice like for instance wood, iron or zellige.
Al Maaden and Park Hyatt, official sponsors of this event will host the exhibition near the club house, inside the park Hyatt.
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« Regard sur corps de femme », exhibition of Meriem Bouderbala
Opening : February 29th at 6 :30pm
Location : Hotel Hivernage, My Sky, Hivernage
The artwork represented by Meriem Bouderbala in this exhibition are a legacy and symbolism of traditional Arabic poetry. Mahmoud Darwish's poetry sneak into draped in white silhouettes without revealing flesh. Is there a story of codified bans on representation of the body or does he read between the lines of poetry or arabesques?
In the work of Meriam Bouderbala, the body is omnipresent. In some cases, it recalls images of women between the dead and the living, as generated by the vacuum, "my background is an attempt to escape an alternative that I refuse. I find this spot where the human figure is both flesh and sign. "
The artist translates his "look at woman's body" by two sets, the first is that of the Bedouin, which evoke the intimacy of the body while transgressing norms and the various aesthetic conformity. Here the body and cloth intertwine and reveal a variety of topics such as critical questioning of Orientalism and particularly fantasies projected on the Eastern woman and her condition in the Arab world.
Through the second series, entitled "Female palimpsest" Bouderbala removed the body, leaving only the evanescent silhouettes with flowing contours. The artist accentuates the image of women to fragmented by ghost of a poem by Mahmoud Darwish entitled'' In this land, in the shadow of words''. The desired appearance is like a game of shimmering fragmented our identities.
Meriam Bouderbala used the veil to hide the flesh. The woman's body slips away and turns into a "sacred thing". The veil is a barrier between us and others, revealing that creates a link between the inside - or outside or hidden and the visible: a process influenced by Sufi philosophy.
Exhibition organized by Le Violon Bleu, Tunis
Du 29 février au 6 mars 2012
Vernissage : Saturday 3rd March, 7 :30-9 :00
Hôtel BAB - Marrakech
In her installation "La Chrysalide," Faten Safieddine, the Lebanese-Moroccan videographer and photographer, creates a world of optical illusions that confuses our sensory perceptions with our own projections and enables us to pass through the veils of Knowledge from the world of Light to the Shadows and vice versa.
The installation shows a short film, co-directed by Faten Safieddine and the Moroccan director-photographer Othman Zine, which illustrates in a dreamlike style the struggle of women to extricate themselves from the shackles of cultural conditionings and achieve freedom and fullness.
Installation, Faten Safieddine
Vidéo Art, Faten Safieddine et Othman Zine
EXHIBITION NOW MASTERMIND
Opening time : Friday 7:00 to 9:00pm
Location : Place du 16 novembre, close to Café de la Poste, Guéliz
NOW is an exhibition that will last 100 hours and that will be located Place du 16 Novembre in Marrakech. Another world now!NOW is an exhibition that will express the human tenacity, and the condition of his acts. NOW is a will and not a act. Build in order to become. To interrupt to design… Now!
Art 6 Feet Under, association MarocK'Jeunes/ CAC
Opening exhibition : 1st March 2012, 7 :00-9 :00pm
Location : Théatre Royal
Art 6 Feet Under
The word ART has three letters such as CAC, and it is not their only similarity, each of the two is that the front door of a sensory world, art is combined with all the styles, and precisely the Centre of Contemporary Arts in Marrakech is there to demonstrate, combining breathtaking and original discovery, the exhibition "Art 6 feet under" CAC is more: An artistic Experience, where everyone can enjoy and savor the art in the form of paintings, illustrations, visual art, and photographs, but also touch, live and stop time for a moment to feel itself become art as works of incredible artists from Marrakech and other places which come to Marrakech specially for this occasion, as the collective of artists from the center "the Cube", or artists of Island 6 and its collective "Liu Dao", interactive works from around the world, to share the pleasure timeless and borderless of artistic beauty.
A mixture of arts, a mix of knowledge, an artistic exchange, new artists, famous artists. One word: ART and this is what the Centre of Contemporary Arts in Marrakech features of living in this exhibition in its premises at the Royal Theatre.
All the others in me,
Performance by Maria José Arjona : Friday 2nd March, 7:30-8:30
Location : Dar Cherifa
Curated by Eugenio Viola
In the work of Maria Jose Arjona, the body still has a central place, it is a powerful visual communications, energy exchange but also a generator of meaning. It is as well a committed practice that the Colombian artist shows us, ready to transgress the limits imposed by society and individuals caused by violence and fear, still present in contemporary society.
All The Others in me is a performance that offers one of the most syncretic visions among the many stereotypes of the female body and its perception in Western society and non Western ones.
Name of project : "Badiya / Madina" (Campagne / Cité), 2012.
Date : 01/03/2012 at 11h00
Location : Dar Bellarj
Intervention, and publication of various materials. Younes Rahmoun's artwork,
Curated by Abdellah Karroum
The public is invited to discover this intervention in the medina during a ride led by the artist. Meet outside Dar Bellarj March 1st at 11:00
Younes Rahmoun also share the experience of the workshop conducted from February 6 to 10 with children at the orphanage Dar Tifl.
These projects are supported by the Foundation Janelly and Jean-Rene Fourtou
More information about the project: www.appartement22.com
Name of project "Mi Casa es Tu Casa"
Exhibition of Hassan Hajjaj's artwork in his riad.
Opening time : Saturday 5:00 to 7:30
Location : RIAD YIMA,DERB AARJANE,RAHBA LKDIMA,MEDINA..LAND
« AU REVEIL »
1st to 31st March 2012
Opening at the Institut Française de Mrrakech
Thursday 1st March at 18h
Artwork of Dalila Alaoui and Ahmed Hajoubi
In partnership with the artist residency Ifitry
Name of project : Il Processo (The Trial)
Audio fragments from the "April 7th" trial (1983-1984)
Curated by Martha Kirszenbaum
Wednesday, February 29th (2 to 5 pm)
Thursday, March 1st (2 to 5 pm)
Friday, March 2nd (6 to 9 pm during the opening of ESAV)
Saturday, March 3rd (2 to 5pm)
Book Launch Yto Barrada "Album Cinemathèque de Tanger
Saturday 3rd 5:00 to 8pm
Jardin de Majorelle