The exhibition, curated by Hicham Khalidi, invites 43 artists from Morocco and several other countries.

Marrakech Biennale MB5

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February 26th – March 31st, 2014
Opening Week: February 26th – March 2nd, 2014

Artistic director: Alya Sebti

I. Programme Visual Arts and Sound

The vast majority of the artworks will be site specific, produced in and inspired by the context of Marrakech. The artpieces are diffused between the venues of the 16th century Palais Badii, the Dar Si Said, which houses the Museum of Moroccan Arts, the former Bank Al Maghrib in the middle of the Jemaa El Fna square – This square is the pulsing heart of the Medina of Marrakech, and it has been defined by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity- and a unique art deco building in the area of Gueliz.

  • Adriana Lara
  • Agnes Meyer-Brandis
  • Anne Verhoijsen
  • Asim Waqif
  • Ayman Yossri Daydban
  • Burak Arikan
  • Can & Asli Altay
  • Cevdet Erek
  • Charif Benhelima
  • Éric Van Hove
  • Gabriel Lester
  • Ghita Khamlichi
  • Hamid el Kanbouhi
  • Hamza Halloubi
  • Hassaan Kahn & Ibtesam Gazder
  • Hiba Khamlichi
  • Hicham Benohoud
  • Iman Issa
  • Jelili Atiku
  • Kader Attia
  • Katarina Zdjelar
  • Katinka Bock
  • Keren Cytter
  • Khaled Sabsabi
  • Lili Reynaud-Dewar
  • Max Boufathal
  • Mohamed Arejdal
  • Mounira Al Solh
  • Mustapha Akrim
  • Pamela Rosenkranz
  • Patrick Wokmeni
  • Randa Maroufi
  • Saâdane Afif
  • Sandra Niessen
  • Saout Radio (Younes Baba-Ali & Anna Raimondo)
  • Saud Mahjoub
  • Shezad Dawood
  • Tala Madani
  • Wafae Ahalouch el Keriasti
  • Walid Raad
  • Yassine Balbzioui
  • Younes Rahmoun
  • Zaynab Khamlichi

II. Programme Cinema and Video

Cinema and Video will consider contemporary creations from North Africa in dialogue with other regions, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. With the participation of the pioneering founder of the festival of video installation Casaprojecta, Jamal Abdenassar, video installation as a hyphen between film, visual art, and performing art will be very present for this edition. The film screenings and roundtables will be combined by a carte blanche to the legendary Cinematheque de Tanger.

  • Amir Rouani
  • Barbara Lahlali
  • Hassan Darsi
  • Hicham Ayouch
  • Ismael El Iraki
  • Lamia Naji
  • Mehdi Halib
  • Mohamed El Baz
  • Mohammed Laouli
  • Soukeina Hachem
  • Yasmine Hajji
  • Youssef Ouchra

III. Programme Literature

Led by the Moroccan writer and theater author Driss Ksikès, the Literary discipline promotes access to public space through a series of roundtables as well as performative lectures, connecting performing art and literature. These events will take place in the Royal Theater, a contested theater and opera house built in the late 70s yet never used as such. Playing on this, it was also the main venue of the previous edition of the Marrakech Biennale. The literature section will also take place in Riad Denise Masson, the house of the first women who ever translated the Koran into French and Dar Cherifa, the oldest house of the Medina. Finally, the exhibition opens to the most public space of the city as it merges with the visual art exhibition in the main square Jemaa El Fna, fusing the new and the old.

  • Aïcha El Beloui
  • Ali Essafi
  • Asmae Lmrabet
  • Ghaleb Bencheikh
  • Hamza Boulaïz
  • Imane Zerouali
  • Jaouad Essounani
  • Latefa Ahrrare
  • Michael Willis
  • Mohamed Sghir Janjar
  • Mounia Bennani-Chraïbi
  • Mounir Bensalah
  • Olfa Youssef
  • Raja El Mouatarif
  • Saïd Bouftas
  • Sanae El Aji
  • Simohammed Fettaka
  • Sophia Hadi
  • Taïeb Belghazi

IV. Performing Arts

Performing Arts is organized by the founder of Alwaln’art, the public space festival in Marrakech, Khalid Tamer. He will create a circulation that reimagines the relationships of public space to both outsiders and natives between several venues of the Biennale. This movement is organized as a dialogue between the contemporary and the traditional, connecting the two areas where the Biennale will take place: the more traditional space of the Medina and the modern area of Gueliz, the first area built outside of the Medina fortification starting in 1913. The main purpose of this circulation in the public space is to invite the immediate and spontaneous audience to participate in the Biennale by interconnecting the main venues.

  • Collectif “Les Scotcheurs Eclaires”
  • Philippe Allard et M’Barek Bouhchichi
  • Sandrine Dole

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