artscabinet and mimeta Foundation
09.11. - 13.11.2014
A workshop involving key international and Moroccan participants will take place on 13 November at Le Cube – Independent Art Room, Rabat.
This initiative is made possible thanks to the generous support of Mimeta, Norway. An international programme of artistic exchange between the Maghreb and the Nordic countries, with potential involvement more widely across the Middle East and Northern Europe, dedicated to supporting contemporary arts practice, artistic mobility, freedom of expression and research collaboration is currently being prepared by a number of key interested institutions across Europe, the Nordic Countries and the Maghreb.
The central elements of this proposition are to build a new and meaningful network of partnerships between residency organisations, institutions and initiatives who share a common vision and purpose in contemporary arts practice, supported by research, academic collaboration and curatorial engagement. It is proposed that the artistic residency network will consider establishing a thematic approach to the programme with a view to generating a wide artistic response to an issue of common concern.
It has been suggested that the nature of socially engaged practice in North Africa and the Middle East could address and inform the impact of practice on arts infrastructure and more widely in the institution.
The programme proposes therefore to establish a close link with the disciplines of visual culture through architecture and urbanism initially and potentially expanding into other fields of the social sciences and humanities.
The programme aims to be developed incrementally as a series of bilateral exchanges. In time these may develop into multilateral programmes. They will be disseminated through platforms dedicated to critical reflection, knowledge exchange and public engagement, supported by digital dissemination.
Discussions are also underway with key presenting venues and institutions in Europe to develop an exhibition and public programme to feature the artistic work and the discourse related to the project and its theme.
This project will form the basis for a large cooperation grant application to Creative Europe, in partnership with international funders.
artists in residence Yassine Balbzioui and Matteo Rubbi
01.11. - 22.11.2014
The catalog of the exhibition online: issuu.com/susanacandidalinda/docs/cote-a-cote-catalogue-page
Côte à Côte", a project of Yassine Balbzioui and Matteo Rubbi, cur. Susana Moliner of La Companyia and Emiliana Sabiu of Cherimus as part of the second edition of "curato's zone".
WEDNESDAY, 12th OF NOVEMBER 2014, Esplanade of the National Library of Rabat
(as part of the cultural program of "États Généraux de la Culture" and the 4th edition of the International Conference on Creative Economy in Africa)
THURSDAY, 20th OF NOVEMBER 2014, Institut Français Rabat
5pm: Bissap Apero Connexion: a jovial meeting accompanied with Bissab juice, an occasion to speak about how art can construct different forms of stories in our contemporary world.
With the artists Yassine Balbzioui and Matteo Rubbi as well as Susana Moliner, curator of La Companyia , Emiliana Sabiu of Cherimus and Elisabeth Piskernik, Le Cube - independent art room.
6pm, Institut Français Rabat:
Vernissage of the exhibition "Pêche du jour" by Yassine Balbzioui
7pm, Le Cube - independent art room:
Vernissage of the exhibition "Côte à Côte" in the residence project "curator's zone" of Le Cube - independent art room. Artists and curators will be present.
Follow the news about the project: coteacoterabat.tumblr.com/
Since 2013 Le Cube - independent art room aims to highlight the curatorial practice by inviting curators bringing new visions and dimensions to Le Cube. The selected curator has "carte blanche" to install a temporary project, the result of a process of reflection during a residence period at Le Cube.
For the second edition of “curator’s zone” Susana Moliner, member of La Companyia, a group of Spanish curators, in partnership with the Italian Association Cherimus organizes the project ""Côte à Côte" during her stay in Rabat from November 1 to December 22, 2014 with the opening of an exhibition on November 20.
"Côte à Côte" is a collaboration project in situ realized by the Italian artist Matteo Rubbi and the Moroccan artist Yassine Balbzioui. The first phase will take place in Rabat, afterwards in Perdaxius, Sardinia, where the artists will deal with the social and subjective process that unfolds between these southern coastal cities.
For their research the sky becomes the basis of reflection for Yassine Balbzioui and Matteo Rubbi. The common space between the hemispheres of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The night sky as a physical place where the two "coasts" can encounter, where it is possible to start a dialogue between the artists and the two communities that will be involved in the project. Both night skies: the one of Rabat and the one of Perdaxius. The first belongs to a big city, between the mountains and the desert; the second is located at the coast of Sardinia, where the night sky is still resisting without ever missing.
In this unexplained common heritage Yassine Balbzioui and Matteo Rubbi will try to understand the areas where life is happening, breathing, the spaces where the daily life escapes the pure and rigid identity lines. Encountering the "côtes" (coasts) that regulate as well as the "côtes" that conduce to breathe, to be lived.
The exhibition was organized with the support of the projet DE.MO./MOVIN'UP I sess. 2014 by MINISTERO DEI BENI E DELLE ATTIVITÀ CULTURALI E DEL TURISMO Direzione Generale per il paesaggio, le belle arti, l’architettura e l’arte contemporanee Direzione Generale per lo spettacolo dal vivo and GAI - Associazione per il Circuito dei Giovani Artisti Italiani, the Spanish Embassy in Morocco and PICE - Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).
The project is in cooperation with the Institut Français de Rabat.
PICE (Programa para la Internacionalización de la Cultura Española): www.accioncultural.es
04.09. - 09.10.2014
Zainab Andalib on R22 (interview with Maud Houssais): radioapartment22.com
opening "open studio - une éventuelle altération" Thursday 4th September at 6.30pm
Zainab Andalibe opens the doors of her studio at Le Cube in order to present her newest works developed during the residency program "summer's lab".
During her residence Zainab Andalibe continued the process that tends to find this balance between the aesthetic and the social context.
Under the title "a potential alteration" she developed four works around the two notions. It is about building circumstances inducing the contingency where the current state is confronted with its potential evolution.
The alteration is to see from several angles of views: the common feature of the tool, the object or the medium, but also the physical alteration of the piece.
"Un-certain balance" is captured in suspension in a doubtful balance; "Geographical alteration" is presented together with a hammer. The preciousness of the material is placed in a vulnerable and precarious presence. The feeling of fragility poses the question of an uncertain future.
01.08. - 30.08.2014
The summer's lab dedicated to Moroccan artists is an intermission of artistic research, an experimental laboratory. Since 2011 Jamila Lamrani, Mohamed Arejdal and Mustapha Akrim have invested the space of Le Cube to develop preliminary concepts.
For the 4th edition of the summer's lab, Zainab Andalibe, a young graduate of the Ecole des Beaux Arts Montpelliers, is invited during the month of August to continue her research and reflection in order to develop her artistic approach.
An overview of the work developed during the summer's lab will be presented at the "open studio - work in progress" on the 4th of September 2014 at 6.30pm.
en collaboration avec iRRi ART
01.07. - 01.07.2014
video night #7, Tuesday 1st July 2014 at 8.30pm
The new edition of the video night is organized in collaboration with iRRi ART as part of the project I boxes I zones quarters, an international artist gathering taking place in Morocco during the months of June and July 2014.
Artists and curators from Canada, Germany, China, Morocco, Iran and Russia will be staging interventions, screenings and exhibitions that include a combination of site specific works- and the pre-made art works iRRi ART chose from its international art network.
A team of international curators submits the selection for the video night #7. The projection is followed by an artist’s talk-discussion moderated by the curators and artists (in English).
Within this project we take art works existing in the digital realm and stage them into public spaces. For the event at Le Cube we reverse this material displacement by taking digital footage from acts and performances in public spaces to be presented digitally. Le Cube in Rabat enriches the project for a space designated for the presentation of art and adds thereby an important aspect in a project mainly concentrated on secondary and peripheral art spaces.
The selected videos approach in their essence spatial delegation and priority and the effects on a collective spatial consciousness. Ranging from perspectives of the speed of urban development, definition of national and global spaces and frontiers, physical and ideological, the monumentalization of hierarchical forms and the relativity of delegation, the chosen works all refer to ‘center’ and ‘periphery’ as classifiers for space.
iRRi ART is worldwide focused on contemporary art projects across cultural borders. Our aim is to further connect people from all over the world in an artistic way, realizing our own vision by supporting artists to realize their projects in cooperation with an international art network.
Further information about the project: morocco2014.irri-art.org/
artist in residence Fritz Ruprechter
05.06. - 27.06.2014
opening Thursday, 5th June 2014 at 6.30pm
The Austrian artist Fritz Ruprechter has developed a special technique for his works. He applies watercolor and industrial paint varnish on wood, paper or cardboard retouching them with wax - he creates lines with a pen, pencil or by folding the carrier material with impressive accuracy.
The images are abstract, minimalist in design and coloring, creating a meditative effect, they rest in themselves. "View to introspection" writes the Austrian art historian Florian Steininger about Ruprechters’ work . He aptly calls them "plates of inner peace". In addition to the paintings and folded drawings, the exhibition includes photographic works that captivate by soft water colors. By repeating the theme of lines, the photographs evoke the tranquility so caracertistic for Ruprechters’ work; they invite to contemplation.
Fritz Ruprechter has participated in numerous exhibitions in Europe, Latin America and in Japan. He lives and works in Maria Lanzendorf near Vienna, Austria. The exhibition at Le Cube - independent art room is the first presentation of his work in Morocco and on the African continent.
curator: Susanne Angerholzer
The exhibition is supported by the Austrian Embassy Rabat.
avec le projet "frontières fluides/fliessende Grenzen" par Katrin Ströbel et Mohammed Laouli
22.05. - 24.05.2014
Le Cube – independent art room is invited to participate in the 10th edition of Kunstvlaai Amsterdam to present its work. In this context, thes artists Katrin Ströbel and Mohammed Laouli show their work in progress "fluid boundaries / frontières fluides", a project developed in collaboration with Le Cube.
Kunstvlaai is a multi-day celebration of art(ist-run) initiatives. Every two years, Kunstvlaai provides initiatives a platform to meet, discuss, and exchange ideas. This tenth edition takes place in the Amstelpark, an extensive park in Amsterdam. Critical engagement with space and alternative approaches to production and exhibition formats are central for Kunstvlaai 2014.
22 - 24 May 2014 at Amstelpark, Amsterdam
Some links on internet:
artist in residence Régis Baudy
13.05. - 30.05.2014
Reportage by Salma Zdaik on Al Oula TV, 15th May 2014: www.youtube.com/watch
Camera and cut: M. Twanina, M. Laissi
opening Tuesday, 30th May 2014 at 6.30pm
How to live in circumscribed spaces? The time of thirst gravitates with insistence around this interrogation.
Through a collaborative approach with communities and a video processing located between documentary and fiction. Régis Baudy directs fishermen in industrial areas”. Activists fighting to preserve the memory of the French Resistance during the second world war. Men questioning themselves on what manhood is today. Each work is the expression of a suspension in time that could be akin to states of survival in an originally alienating human society.
17 May 2014: Projection-discussion at Le 18, derb el ferrane – Marrakech
Marie Ouazzani et Ghita Skali
30.04. - 30.04.2014
30th April 2014, 7.30pm
The 6th edition of the "video night" at Le Cube - independent art room is dedicated to the work of Marie Ouazzani (born 1991 in Lille) and Ghita Skali (born 1992 in Casablanca).
The two young artists, currently students at the Villa Arson, National Academy of Art in Nice, will present several videos and projects in progress. They will talk about their work, their approach and show the first few lines of a joint project on Orientalism and its perception in Morocco and France.
The Artist's talk will be moderated by Katrin Ströbel, artist and professor at the Villa Arson, and Elisabeth Piskernik, director of Le Cube.
The video night #6 is produced in partnership with Villa Arson, National Academy of Art in Nice.
Carolle Benitah, Käthe Hager von Strobele, Jamila Lamrani, Edith Payer, Leila Sadel, Nicole Schatt
01.04. - 10.04.2014
Opening, Tuesday 1st of April 2014 at 6pm at the Palais Porcia in Vienna,
in collaboration with the Society for Austro-Arab Relations and the Austrian-Moroccan Association.
Hanane El Farissi
20.03. - 20.03.2014
Thursday, 20th of March 2014 at 7.30pm
An evening with performance and video projection
article on H24 by Kaoutar Oudrhiri:
Young graduated from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan, Hanane El Farissi develops her work around the body and its relationship to space. Breaking the border between real existence and the image of the outside, between one-self and the environment is the theme of her performance during that evening at Le Cube in the project "new generation of art".
"While using the picture, the body and the space through many objects, I try to disturb,
I'm looking for something upsetting and I struggle by simple actions that are part of our
daily live." (Hanane El Farissi)
Katrin Ströbel et Mohammed Laouli
01.03. - 16.03.2014
The residence at Le Cube is the first step in the project “frontières fluides – fluid boundaries” by Katrin Ströbel (Germany) and Mohammed Laouli (Morocco). It speaks of migration between the Maghreb and Europe, the Mediterranean as a cultural and geopolitical entity and foremost - the identity of an artist in the era of a more and more globalized art world.
Both artists have chosen an installation of a " nomadic-boat" (a temporary shelter built with local materials on the boat) as a symbol for the artist's life today: nomadic, unstable, temporary, always in motion, in transit. Make passages, overcome or accept borders becomes an important part of everyday life for artists like Laouli and Ströbel.
As part of this project which will last several months, activities around the installation of a "nomadic-boat" take place in three different places: Rabat –Salé (Morocco), Playa Blanca (15 km from Tangier) and Lake Constance.
opening of the exhibition at Le Cube: December 2014
in collaboration with the Embassy of Germany and the Goethe-Institut Rabat
Le Cube is presented...
26.02. - 31.03.2014
Dates of the next Marrakech Biennale, 5th edition:
February 26th – March 31st, 2014
February 26th – March 2nd, 2014
For the 5th edition of the Marrakech Biennale Le Cube participates at several events during the opening week:
- presentation of CRANK by Mohamed Arejdal (realised during the summer's lab 2012 at Le Cube - independent art room, in collaboration with Voice Gallery)
- AiR Perspectives Morocco: a round table discussion and introduction to the field of international artist-in-residence programs in Morocco. With the participation of Katrin Ströbel (for Le Cube). Moderation: Heidi Vogels
February 28th, 9h – 12h30, Riad El Fehn
2 Derb Moulay Abdullah Ben Hezzian
- Conversations with Art Institutions in Morocco: a discussion about the role and the situation of art initiatives in Morocco. With the participation of Katrin Ströbel (for Le Cube).
Moderation: Holiday Powers
March 1st, 13h30-15h15, TPC
- collective exhibition initiated by THE NAKED (NL) with video projections of Régis Baudy, Mohammed Laouli, Leila Sadel, Katrin Ströbel. Courtesy Le Cube - independent art room.
Download the program of the Biennale:
Younes Baba Ali
03.02. - 19.02.2014
Le Cube – independent art room was chosen as local partner in the project of artistic creation by the Institut Français du Maroc according to the initiative supported by the Institut du Monde Arabe Paris and the Fondation Nationale des Musée in Morocco.
Chosen to participate at this residence program, Younes Baba Ali proposes the realization of a video installation “Echange Filosofik”, a diptych that represents a pseudo philosophic exchange on ideals and the relation to Muslims education as an immigrant with North African roots.
Saout Radio at the 5th Marrakech Biennial
18.01. - 18.01.2014
Carolle Benitah, Käthe Hager von Strobele, Jamila Lamrani, Edith Payer, Leila Sadel, Nicole Schatt
10.01. - 23.01.2014
Opening, Tuesday 14th of January 2014 at 6.30pm at Galerie Kacimi Fès,
in collaboration with the Institut Français Fès.
Until 24th of January.
BINATNA / about traces at 2M mag (26 min 26 sec):
artists in residence Aglaia Haritz et Abdelaziz Zerrou
03.01. - 18.02.2014
article on H24 by Kaoutar Oudrhiri:
article on illion by Yasmine Belmahi:
interview with Aglaia Haritz and Abdelaziz Zerrou (with Elisabeth Piskernik):
Opening, Tuesday 28th of January 2014 at 6.30pm.
This collaboration between Aglaia Haritz (CH) and Abdelaziz Zerrou (MA) is a work of exchange between the local population, "embroiderers women” and the artists, where art is the tool to trigger a process of questioning.
The work is influenced by the literature of Moroccan women from today and the past. It is a large research project that aims to reach several Arab cities after Cairo and Rabat.
"Embroiderers of Actuality" proposes an action that wants to be a subtle and important challenge, a discussion which is based on visual work relating the position of women in the Arab world and particularly in Morocco.
It is a confrontation between yesterday and today, between politics and religion, between modernity and tradition. The first step of the project was conducted in Cairo. For the project in Rabat in collaboration with Le Cube, we tried to deal with the topic of sexuality developed from the embroidered image. The discussions with the women were rather reluctant, but the little exchange we could have was very strong and intimate.
Two videos express the opinion of two immigrant embroiderers on the position of women in Morocco, it is a provocative and interesting element that forces us to see the situation from another point of view.
The "Embroiderers of Actuality" project aims to stimulate through the method of contact, exchange, awareness of the environment as a meeting place between individual and collective sensitivity.
(Aglaia Haritz et Abdelaziz Zerrou)
The project is to be followed on the web:
The project was realised in collaboration with the Fondation Orient-Occident and the Association Marocaine pour l'Education de la Jeunesse (AMEJ).