The International Biennale of Casablanca celebrates its 10th anniversary

the International Biennale of Casablanca returns for its 5th edition under the theme “Words create images”.

the International Biennale of Casablanca returns for its 5th edition under the theme “Words create images”.

Three exhibitions held at the American Arts Center, SoArt Gallery and the BIC Project Space will present until December 17 the works of 17 artists including: The American Arts Center: Brahim Benkirane (Morocco), Kyoo Choix (South Korea/France ), Alessandra Ferrini (Italy/UK), Brandon Gercara (France), George Hallett (South Africa), Amira Hanafi (Egypt/USA), Emilia Izquierdo (Chile/UK), Elias Mendel (UK UK), Gideon Mendel (South Africa/UK), Ada Pinkston (USA) and Buhlebezwe Siwani (South Africa). At the SoArt Gallery, you will find the works of Aisha Jemila Daniels (United States), Lebohang Kganye (South Africa), Sharlene Khan (South Africa) and Alice Mann (South Africa). At the Bic Project Space, the works of Moroccan artists Khadija Tnana and Ziad Naitaddi will be exhibited.

George Hallett and Jacques Derrida

Entitled “Words create images”, the 5th edition of the BIC is inspired by the work of South African photographer George Hallett (1942-2020) and the role of African literature in the processes of image creation. . The theme also refers to an observation by Jacques Derrida, during his seminar Trace and archive, image and art (2002) on “the idea of ​​the word working as an image, even beyond its discursive properties”.

This theme unfolds in Casablanca through the word, text, sign, language, thought, discourse, whether it is orality, writing or code; transmission of customary, historical or contemporary stories; discursive spaces and margins of expression.

The exhibitions will bring together multidisciplinary works including painting, photography, video, installation, performance and digital art.

In addition to the exhibitions, the Biennale will offer a rich public program starting during the professional days from November 17 to 20, at the Abderrahman Slaoui Foundation museum and at the American Arts Center including performances, discussions, and conversations between the artists and curators of the BIC, as well as interventions by Siham Weigant (Independent curator, Morocco / Co-curator, Dakar Biennale 2022), Pr. Joasia Krysa (LJMU, Liverpool and Curator of the Helsinki Biennale 2023), Yann Mazéas (Director of the MO .CO. Esba, Montpellier), ART AFRICA (Cape Town), and many others.

Finally, after the 59th Venice Biennale and Documenta fifteen, the Casablanca International Biennale is hosting SAISON 6 – Volume 2, an international residency program for young artists who have graduated from MO.CO. Esba – Montpellier School of Fine Arts. Six laureates are thus invited to develop their work for a year over 3 residencies, organized on the occasion of biennials and major international exhibitions. The winning artists are Marie Boutevin, Paul Dubois, Alyss Fleury, Pierre Peres (K.BLUM), Clémentine Poirier (BOBBY BRIM) and Gaétan Vaguelsy who will participate in several BIC activities and exhibit their work at the end of their stay. At Casablanca.

The 2nd phase of the International Biennale of Casablanca will take place from June 1 to July 2, 2023.

Organized by Maroc Premium Foundation, the 5th International Biennale of Casablanca is under the artistic direction of Christine Eyene (England/Cameroon), art historian and exhibition curator, in collaboration with three young curators: Selma Naguib (Morocco) , Patrick Nzazi Kiama (Democratic Republic of Congo/France) and Juste Constant Onana Amougui (Cameroon).

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