The 1-54 Up to date African Artwork Honest’s Morocco version is again. As standard, the truthful is being held on the prestigious Marrakech’s Mamounia lodge, however for the primary time, additionally it is going down at DADA, a multidisciplinary artwork area that’s presently mid-renovation. The hope, with this new location within the coronary heart of the historic Medina quarter, is to attract a youthful crowd. “We could entice much more individuals,” mentioned founding director Touria El Glaoui.
The truthful’s fifth iteration launched yesterday and can shut on February 11. Some 27 exhibitors are taking part. Fourteen are from the African continent, and eight are primarily based in Morocc—twice as many as final yr. Many have introduced not one, not two, however three artists, as if it have been this yr’s fortunate quantity. Amongst these artists, many work produce textiles, including to a centuries-long custom in Morocco.
Beneath, a take a look at seven of the perfect choices at 1-54.
Gallery 1957, whose title refers back to the yr when Ghana declared independence, has one of many first cubicles one sees upon getting into the truthful. One of many three artists included is Zanele Muholi, who’s displaying photographic self-portraits through which the artist seems within the nude. These are being proven alongside three charming portraits of Black figures by Amoako Boafo, the fast-rising Ghanaian painter identified for making use of his supplies together with his fingers. There additionally textiles by Mawuena Benissan, a younger artist born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and raised in america. Benissan attracts inspiration from the historical past of royal umbrellas, which are supposed to shield monarchs from the solar, to show their energy. Her embroideries on velvet are made in collaboration with the identical artisans that craft these symbolic umbrellas within the Kumasi area.
Jean-Marc Hunt at 193 Gallery
Mary-Lou Ngwe-Secke, head of curation on the Paris-based 193 gallery, praised 1-54’s Marrakech truthful for its small measurement, which “permits a sure proximity with artists and collectors,” she mentioned. This yr, in an try to achieve them, Secke has organized a presentation referred to as “The Second After,” which options three Caribbean artists who discover creolization of the world, or the means by which varied cultures mix. “Why the Caribbean artwork scene? Merely to attract extra consideration to it,” Secke mentioned.
Along with the Bahamian artist April Bey’s figurative tapestries and the Haitian artist Adler Guerrier’s panorama collages, there may be work by French painter Jean-Marc Hunt, who confirmed within the 2019 Venice Biennale. He has been residing in Guadeloupe for the previous 15 years, and attracts in black on colourful backgrounds that look as tormented as they’re distorted. His canvases are the place his reminiscence of French streets and his present expertise of Guadeloupean gardens meet. These are works that embody the zigs and zags of historical past, with drips of paint and letters that discuss with his beginnings as a graffiti artist.
Ngimbi Bakambana at Galerie 38
Galerie Atis Dakar, the oldest gallery in Senegal, was based in 1996 by Aissa Dione, who began off as an artist herself and due to this fact understands the implications of being one. Dione has by no means taken half in 1-54 Marrakech earlier than, however after visiting the truthful a pair occasions, she thought it was time she did.
For her Moroccan debut, she has introduced the younger French artist Ousmane Bâ, who moved to Tokyo to decelerate and discover peace. His collages encompass Japanese papers painted with mineral pigments and lower to type human figures, in addition to papyrus items woven by Senegalese girls. There’s something soothing about these tie-dye our bodies, which seem to drift, as if they have been suspended in time.
Subsequent to Bâ’s work, there are two work by Kinshasa-born artist Ngimbi Bakambana Luve from a four-piece sequence titled “Senghorian Interiors.” A blue composition depicts the room of Léopold Sédar Senghor’s son, who died in a automobile crash. One in yellow exhibits the place the Senegalese politician and poet, used to sleep. “The concept was to discover by means of my portray the syncretism and variety that Senghor sang about in his poems,” mentioned Bakambana Luve. “I wished to convey objects of his day by day life collectively by means of my portray.”
Sheila Fuseini on the African Artwork Hub
It’s this UK-based on-line platform’s first time in Marrakech. The platform depends on a group of ambassadors to scout new African skills, and as such, a good like 1-54 is a chance to attach its 14 artists with collectors. TAAH has introduced works by Ghanaian painter Sheila Fuseini, whose compositions are product of leather-based scraps. “I resorted to the identical colours I did once I was working with acrylic paint again in artwork faculty,” on the Kwame Nkrumah College of science and Know-how,” she mentioned. “As for collage, I’ve shifted towards this system, as a result of for me, it has all the time been about placing items again collectively.”
Ghizlane Sahli at Galerie Christophe Particular person
Paris’s Galerie Christophe Particular person, one other first-time participant in 1-54’s Marrakech truthful, has devoted a solo presentation to Ghizlane Sahli, an artist primarily based within the Moroccan metropolis whose work usually explores the feminine physique and thoughts. The works right here, created particularly for the truthful, are a part of her ongoing sequence “And There Was Sap…,” whose items are principally inexperienced, a shade meant to represent hope. Sahli’s embroideries on tough linen canvas depict bits and items of landscapes. She has made roots and stems out of items of pipes and iron threads wrapped in wool or silk. Some have been stitched to the canvas; others stick out of the body. “By shifting from girls’s sap to nature’s, I’m not even certain if I’ve zoomed out or zoomed into my major topic,” she mentioned. “They’re half of a complete. What’s intimate may be common.”
Margaux Dehry at Revie Tasks
Revie Tasks is a multipurpose curatorial platform primarily based in Montrouge, close to Paris, that doesn’t have a proper exhibition area but, however whose manufacturing studios are open frequently. Among the many artists that they’re displaying at DADA is textile virtuoso Margaux Dehry. Born to a French mom and a Moroccan father, Margaux Dehry, was primarily skilled as a painter at London’s Central Saint Martins and Royal Faculty of Artwork earlier than turning to embroidery in 2017, throughout a residency in Cape City. In Morocco, the place she lives part-time, she based a studio with seven single girls who now assist her produce bigger items that might in any other case take years to realize working alone. All of those items are impressed by household photos, however the faces are devoid of options. Dehry, who sees these blanks as “zones of silence,” additionally tells the tales of her collaborators by mixing within the conventional stitches from which they got here. “Within the 45-meter embroidery set up on view on the Jaal Riad resort, I wished to discover much more the untold tales of these girls who profoundly influenced each my creative journey and private life,” mentioned Dehry, who additionally options in a gaggle present curated by Achraf Remok on the Izza lodge.
Hicham Benohoud at Katharina Maria Raab
Katharina Maria Raab returns to 1-54 with new works by Moroccan photographer Hicham Benohoud, whose apply is rooted in Marrakech. After perfecting his self-portrait methods, the Moroccan photographer has opened as much as new fashions and media. For his sequence “THE HOLE,” he satisfied residents from Marrakech’s Medina district to let him knock holes of their partitions, flooring, or ceilings, and to pose for him with their heads, their fingers, or their ft coming out of these unbelievable openings. There’s a spontaneity to Benohoud’s pictures. Particularly as a result of none have been retouched, they trace on the surreal and the uncanny parts which can be a part of on a regular basis life.