Biennial Foundation Talks
Can Biennials Expand and Democratize Access to Culture?
Date: March 28th, 2014
Participants: Bige Örer – Director Istanbul Biennial; Alia Ali Radman, Director of Operations 5th Marrakech Biennale, 2014; Koyo Kouoh – Director Raw Material Company, Dakar; Alya Sebti – Artistic Director Marrakech Biennale; Marieke van Hal – Director Biennial Foundation; Abdellah Karroum, Director Mathaf, Doha, Qatar.
Welcoming words: Vanessa Branson, Founder and President Marrakech Biennale.
Today many biennials have a focus on the encouragement of public engagement and pedagogy. Various biennials create in the local context a site of public participation that is not only periodical, but also permanent. Can biennials be regarded as visible sites of informal education? If so, in which tools of cultural mediation should they invest, and what can be the results?
After five editions, the Marrakech Biennale is witnessing a new momentum. It is keen both to question and to reflect on its circumstances, and also to invite international colleagues to take part in a critical analysis. Looking at practices on different sites: a dialogue about the biennials of Sharjah, Istanbul, Dakar and Marrakech.
Date: March 28th, 2014.
Time: 15:00 -15:45 h & 16:30 – 17:15 h
Venue: Riad el Fenn, 2 Derb Moulay Abdellah Ben Hezzian Bab el Ksour, Marrakech, Morocco
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Language: English, with simultaneous translation to French.
The talks are made possible by the commitment and collegiality of all the participants.
Note: On March 29th 2014, the Marrakech Biennale stages its Closing Conference: 10h30 – 17h00 @ Sofitel, Hivernage.