As part of the Marrakech Biennale, Dar al-Ma’mûn (International residency centre for artists and literary translators) will hold three conversations about art and its relationship with the city.

The conversations are to be held in the Riad Denise Masson in partnership with the Institut français de Marrakech on Wednesday, 29 February and Thursday 1st March 2012.

Wednesday, February 29, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Artistic identities in Africa and the Middle East

with Aziz Daki (art historian, director of the Atelier 21 in Casablanca), Khadija El Bennaoui (coordinator of Young Arab Theater Fund and Art Moves Africa and Board member of Arterial Network), Catherine David (independent curator , Director of Contemporary Arab Representations), Simon Njami (curator and art critic, co-founder of Revue Noire), Hamza Serafi (founder of Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia).

Wednesday, February 29, 5pm to 6.30pm
A Spring of images?

WJT Mitchell (theorist of art, media and literature, University of Chicago, and editor of the journal Critical Inquiry), in conversation with Rasha Salti (independent art critic, curator and film programmer) and Omar Berrada(director of the Dar al-Ma’mûn library).

Thursday March 1st, 10am to 12pm
Art and public space

with Negar Azimi (editor of Bidoun magazine, member of the Arab Image Foundation), Hassan Darsi (artist, co-founder of La Source du lion), Abderrahim Kassou (architect, President of Casamémoire & General Coordinator of Les Abattoirs de Casablanca), Driss Ksikès (director of the CESEM research center, and its magazine Economia, and co-founder of DABATEATR in Rabat).

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