Marrakech Biennale 29 Feb-4 Mar 2012

Marrakech Biennale 29 Feb-4 Mar 2012

Postby JodyGillett » Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:21 pm

Marrakech Biennale 4th Edition

29th February – 4th March 2012
An international gathering of performance, screenings and debate.
Venues: Various around the city of Marrakech including Riad El Fenn, ESAV Film School, Theatre Royal, Riad Denise Masson, Jemaa el Fna Square.

Higher Atlas (Exhibition)
29th February – 3rd June 2012
Curated by Nadim Samman and Carson Chan
Venues: Theatre Royal and various venues, Marrakech

“A major arts event with the backdrop of the medieval city of Marrakech, with its tradition of hospitality, wonderful food and glamorous entertainment promises to enlighten, surprise, stimulate and above all be very, very entertaining...”
Vanessa Branson, Marrakech Biennale Founder

“’High’ connotes reverie and transcendence. Higher Atlas suggests a cartography of the beyond. While trying to curate an exhibition that could become part of a contemporary Moroccan cultural identity, we can also challenge the received methods of biennale making that is routinely practiced elsewhere. Do we have to show art? Why not commission a novel, a symphony, an album or a prayer? “
Carson Chan, Marrakech Biennale Co-curator

The Marrakech Biennale (29th February-4th March 2012) is a Moroccan festival of contemporary international culture. In February 2012 the Marrakech Biennale will launch its fourth edition, Surrender, featuring key figures in literature, film and visual arts.

At the heart of the Marrakech Biennale is an expansive dialogue with the city itself. The festival will be an immersion in this extraordinary and ancient urban environment. It will take art, and Moroccan and international visitors along with it, into undiscovered spaces and private riads as well as cultural centres, classic local landmarks like the vast Theatre Royal and unique open air locations such as Jemaa el Fna Square.

Over twenty-five international artists, architects, writers, musicians and composers will be showing their work as part of the major exhibition Higher Atlas (29th February – 3rd June 2012) curated by Carson Chan and Nadim Samman. All works will be new site-specific commissions, conceived and created on location with local craftspeople and manufacturers. Featuring work inspired by Moroccan street car drag racing, ornate satellite antennas tuning in to the future, inter-disciplinary discussions, souk video installations, film screenings and poetry readings, songs and symphonies, the Marrakech Biennale is the first major trilingual (English, Arabic & French) festival in North Africa focusing on cutting-edge contemporary art, literature and film.

By bringing together artists, film makers and writers from around the world the Biennale aims to promote the status of the artist and contemporary culture in North Africa and to dynamize the regional creative scene. The Marrakech Biennale promotes inter-cultural and inter-disciplinary exchanges through an educational approach that addresses art professionals, students and the general public.

The Marrakech Biennale is pleased to announce the participation of Roger Hiorns, Rian Malan, Kate Winslet, Faouzi Bensaidi, Geoff Dyer, Hicham Lasri, Anthony Horowitz, Dominic West, Alan Yentob, Omar Berrada and CocoRosie amongst others.

In this, its fourth and largest edition, the Marrakech Biennale is in partnership with; Dar al-Ma’mûn residency, Institut Français, Palais de Tokyo, British Council, Puma, Helisud Maroc, Calvert 22 Gallery, Tate, ESAV Film School, l'Université Cadi Ayyad Marrakech (UCAM), Zidzid Kids, On Spot Story, Travel Link Morocco and the Goethe Institute.

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