01.12. - 01.12.2016
video night #11
Thursday, December 1 at 7pm
Nissae is a contemplative 30-minute video on the theme of rituals in a woman’s life. In an initiation quest two women, a guide and an initiated, pass through Moroccan landscapes realizing seven rituals. These rituals symbolize the stages of a woman's life: my condition I am a girl, my sex I am a woman, my creation I am a house, my destruction I am a spider, my knowledge I am thinking, my all I am empty.
This video aims to translate an observation of the femininity in an introspective manner; it’s about the self-construction which is not opposed to man but which ritualizes in the surrounding and determining society.
The production and art direction were co-directed by Zahra Sebti and the ceramist artist Charlotte Cornaton in 2012. The script, texts and the editing of the film was realised by Zahra Sebti. The composition of the original soundtrack was composed and recorded by a team of seven musicians led by Hamza Bennani Smires, Philippe Melnotte and Farid Bentchakal.
For more information about the project please visit www.nissae.tv
30.11.2016 - 27.01.2017
Artist’s residence from November 15 to 30
Opening on November 30 at 6.30pm
Exhibition from December 1 to January 20
After her first residence at Le Cube in 2010, Leila Sadel will be back at Le Cube in order to produce a new work, which will be presented at her exhibition at Le Cube. She will also show the photographic series "Présences" realized during a stay in Marrakech in 2014.
With "choses particulières" Leila Sadel continues to explore reinterpreted beliefs and rituals, as a reflection of fragments remaining from her childhood in Morocco as well as the idea of uprooting and appropriation that are omnipresent elements in Sadel’s work.
Abdessamad El Montassir
20.10. - 23.10.2016
The YIA - Young International Artists - is an international contemporary art fair with a mandate to put forward young contemporary creation.
As part of its participation in the 7th edition of the YIA, where Mounir Fatmi is the patron, Le Cube will present the work "Résistance" by Abdessamad El Montassir. The artist has developed parts of this project during his residency at the summer's lab 2016 at Le Cube.
For more information: http://yia-artfair.com/
From 20 to 23 October 2016
Le Carreau Du Temple
4, Rue Eugene Spuller
75003 Paris (France)
13.10. - 11.11.2016
Opening: 13 October 2016 at 6.30pm Exhibition from October 14 to November 11, 2016
Friday, November 11 at 5.30pm: round table with Wiame Haddad, Driss Bouissef Rekab ("A l'ombre de Lalla Chafia") and Ahmed Merzouiki ("Cellule 10"), moderation: Maud Houssais (art historienne, searcher) During the Night of Galeries in Rabat Le Cube is open until 11pm.
After two coups d’état against King Hassan II in 1971 and 1972, Morocco sustained heavy repressions known as the years of Lead. During this period thousands of citizens were sent into Moroccan prisons and particularly to Tazmamart, the secret prison of Hassan II, where more than half of the detainees never returned.
For “Ceux qui restent" (“Those who remain") Wiame Haddad met with several former Moroccan political prisoners in order to develop a relationship with each of their stories, their political careers and their terrible imprisonment.
This work tends to balance the fragility of the human presence and the cruelty of an enforced absence. Besides hidden scars and marks of torture, it is about creating photographic cells and videos opposing, confronting or simply associating the posture of these bodies to each other.
"As marks of an alchemy that I want to be subtle between survival, hope and resistance, the stories I try to tell confront current social realities and policies. My artistic approach is built at the intersection of political will and an aesthetic concern." Wiame Haddad
Zainab Andalibe and Randa Maroufi
05.10. - 09.10.2016
Le Cube is invited to present a selection of videos in Madrid this fall as part of the 9th edition of the festival Proyector. On this occasion, we will show the short film "La Grande Safae" by Randa Maroufi and the video "Récolte" by Zainab Andalibe.
Proyector is an annual festival that showcases video creation through a program consisting of projections, installations, performances, lectures and workshops.
For more information: http://www.proyector.info/
29.09. - 29.09.2016
Thursday, September 29 at 7pm
During this evening Said Rais presents a selection of videos realized by the artist over the past five years.
Said Rais is a graduate of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan. His conceptual works are based on mixed media: video, sound, but also interactive installation, performance, photography and drawing. His work explores the relationship between art and technology and questions the societal and ecological issues. He is particularly interested in "the interval that articulates the flow of daily events in a world of constant balance."
20.09. - 20.09.2016
Abdessamad El Montassir
08.09. - 30.09.2016
Opening - open studio Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 6.30pm
until September 30, 2016
On the occasion of the research and experimentation residency summer's lab 2016 the artist Abdessamad El Montassir continues his project "Résistance".
Nourished by different researches and works Abdessamad El Montassir’s project "Résistance" is a work process that opens spaces for negotiation on issues related to territory and notions of political, cultural and social resistance.
A native of Boujdour, in the south of Morocco, Abdessamad El Montassir analysis and uses the geographic area where he grew up as a starting point for his work. His visual expression is steeped in both the fragility of memories, but also very concrete facts of life.
Without giving precise time references, without ever trying to freeze a single narrative, the work of Abdessamad El Montassir remains open to reinterpretations allowing a continues emergence of new questions.
Abdessamad El Montassir
08.08. - 09.09.2016
Artists in residence for August 8 to September 9, 2016
Open studio on September 8 at 6.30pm
For this summer's lab 2016, Le Cube invites two artists in residence:
Abdessamad El Montassir who will continues his project "Résistance Natuelle - Daghmous"
and Ramia Belabel who will work a new chapter of her serie "En attendant Godot"
We look forward to seeing you on 8 September for this two projects presentation.
Anna Raimondo, Elisabeth Zimmerman et Salima El Mandjra
27.05. - 27.05.2016
Coorganized with Saout Radio
Friday, May 27th at 6pm
In french and english
“Saout as a state of mind” as
…a sonic art that explores and questions geographies as commonly understood…
…a philosophy of listening nourished by the diversities it encounters…
…an understanding of radio and sound as political and aesthetic means for creating unexpected connections…
…fuidity, contamination, vibrations, voices, communities of listeners…
…a time- space of shared listening between Marrakech and listeners via live streaming…
Echoing the Greek review « South as a state of mind », which proposes an understanding of the « South » as a mental positioning, rather than as a physically embedded one, Saout Radio launches its web-radio. With a rich and diversified programme, this latter does not only investigate the concept of the south, but it also reflects on the possibilities emerging from the word “Saout” (i.e. “sound” and “voice” in Arabic). Through a twofold play of resonances between South and Sound, and Saout and South, new horizons therefore emerge, inviting listeners to explore them through a process of research and discovery undertaken from both a local and a global perspective. After a first initiative in Marrakech in the context of The Greenhouse, in different spaces in Brussels and on streaming of radio Panik, Saout Radio arrives in Rabat with “Saout as a state of mind # 3” thanks to the invitation of Le Cube.
In this context, Saout Radio gives a carte blanche to the radiophonic art curator and producer Elisabeth Zimmermann and the architect Salima El Mandira, invited to realise a collective listening session. During this encounter, the invited guests will select a number of works from the archive of the web-radio and will present them to the public. In a melting pot of languages, diving from English to French, and under a soften light, the audience will be invited to follow the voice of the speakers and to listen to the proposed creations. The listening will be followed by a Q&A session.
Saout Radio is a platform and a web radio initiated by the artists Younes Baba-Ali and Anna Raimondo in Morocco in 2012. Today it is curated by Anna Raimondo with the complicity of Francesca Masoero and Chloé Despax with the support of Openvizor. As an evolving archive, reuniting more than 100 artists invited and difused, the web radio aims at being both a sonic display and a space for refection, production and difusion of sound art works coming from diferent contexts and geographies by endorsing a postcolonial approach.
is a cultural manager living in Vienna. She studied at the International Centre for Culture and Management (ICCM) in Salzburg and has been involved in organizing, coordinating, and curating radio art projects, symposia, CDs, publications, and international telematic art projects. She has held various presentations and lectures on radio art projects at national and international festivals. Since 1998, she has been the producer of the weekly radio art program Kunstradio - Radiokunst (http://kunstradio.at) on the cultural channel of ORF (Austrian National radio). She has been chair woman of the EBU Ars Acustica group from 2010 – 2014 and is now the group’s vice-chair. In 1999, she founded werks - an art association dedicated to the realization of artistic projects in telecommunications media, which published the book “Re-Inventing Radio – Aspects of Radio as Art” (eds. Heidi Grundmann, Elisabeth Zimmermann, et al, Revolver, Frankfurt am Main, 2008).
Salima S. El Mandjra
is an architect and professor living in Rabat. After obtaining a diploma at the École Spéciale d'Architecture de Paris, she completes a master in Landscape Architecture and Territorial Management (École Nationale d’Architecture Rabat, Institut agronomique et vétérinaire Hassan II Rabat, Escola Tècnica Superior d’arquitectura Barcelone, Università degli studi « mediterranea »di Reggio Calabria). Her researches focus on socio-cultural transformations analysed through the lenses of the evolving dynamics investing the public space and the social representations of the urban landscape in Morocco. Furthermore, her work investigates the position of the woman in the urban space and in society in contemporary Morocco.
ismaël, Fakhri El Ghezal et Randa Maroufi, curated by Jeanne Mercier
17.05. - 24.06.2016
Opening on Tuesday, 17th Mai at 6.30pm
Exhibition from 18th Mai to 24th June, 2016
Talk with ismaël on Wednesday, 18th Mai at 6.30pm – presentation: Jeanne Mercier
For the 4th edition of the curator's zone Le Cube invited the independent curator and co-founder of the platform Afrique in Visu, Jeanne Mercier.
With the desire to extend the existing connections between Rabat and Casablanca, Jeanne Mercier proposes for Le Cube an exhibitionan linked to the festival MASNAÂ in Casablanca. The 4th edition (9-16th May 2016) of this event is dedicated to the contemporary creation of two cities, Casablanca and Tunis, through the presentation of projects of artists from the two countries in the fields of visual arts, film, music and performance.
Masnaâ Saghir (Mini Masnaa in Darija), taking place at Le Cube, presents three artists whose work explores the relation to privacy at different scales. Dealing with space, even with the one of Le Cube - an old apartment transformed into an art center - the exhibition includes photographic proposals and video works by ismaël, Fakhri El Ghezal and Randa Maroufi.
Jeanne Mercier is co-founder and chef editor of Afrique in visu. In 2005 she realized a thesis on "Les Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie" (LHIVIC-EHESS) and works on new practices and forms of dissemination of photography in North and West Africa. Today she divides her time between Afrique in visu and consulting activities for cultural programming in the field of contemporary photographic practices and the issues of professional photographers in Africa. Currently she writes for various artistic and photographic journals, L’Oeil de la Photographie and Diptyk. In 2015 she was the curator of the “Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie” in Fez. In June/July 2016 she is invited by the City of Lisbon and Africa.Cont/CML. to attend a curatorial research residency.
"Masnaâ" is an annual festival founded and directed by David Ruffel. ismaël is the invited co-curator of the edition 2016 to be held in Casablanca from 9 – 16th.
More information about the festival and its program:
Katrin Ströbel et Mohammed Laouli
21.04. - 24.04.2016
Rue Adolphe Lavallée 39 - 1080 Molenbeek
As a part of its participation at the 5th edition of «POPPOSITIONS» in Brussels, Le Cube presents «frontières fluides - fluid boundaries», a project of Katrin Ströbel and Mohammed Laouli.
Conceived as an experiment with the art fair format, POPPOSITIONS is an assembly of galleries and project spaces. Changing location within Brussels for each edition, POPPOSITIONS aims to occupy a critical position during Art Brussels.
With the support of the Goethe Institut in Rabat and the MOUSSEM - Nomadic Arts Center in Brussels
01.03. - 20.03.2016
Wiame Haddad is doing an artistic residency to complete his project "Ceux qui restent", regarding the former Morrocans prisonniers.
This work's restitution will take place at Le Cube this autumn with a foto and video exhibition and a cycle of meetings.
24.02. - 29.02.2016
As an initiative of L’Atelier de l'Observatoire, Le Cube, Saout Radio, 18 derb el ferrane and Afrique in visu, LA SERRE (The Greenhouse) will be set up in the Cyber Park Arsat Moulay Abdeslam in Marrakech from 24 to 29 February 2016.
La SERRE is an open and participative, ephemeral space measuring 150m2 whose purpose is to welcome and promote the creation and development of new projects, voices and ideas, sheltered from existing constraints and dominant visions. Within this context, it invites the general public, artists, students, researchers, cultural workers, scientists and all Marrakeshians, to contribute collectively to this shared space at the heart of the park, bringing to it and participating in a rich programme of meetings, screenings, listening sessions, presentations of projects, workshops, radio broadcasts and other artistic interventions.
La SERRE consists of a library, a space for meetings and screenings, workshops, a photo studio, a listening point for the “sound naps”, a refreshment area with WIFI and carpets for the daily picnic.
Download the complete program here (in French and Arabic) : programme La SERRE.pdf
Initiated in 2014 at l’Atelier de l’Observatoire, La SERRE is an ongoing artist project by Mohamed Fariji.
26.01. - 26.02.2016
Opening : 26 January 2016 at 6.30pm
Exhibition from January 27 to February 26 2016
This exhibition followed a short artist residency of Soukaina Joual at the Cube, held as part of the “young generation of art”. In her artwork, through the body and the flesh, the artist questions problems related to love, pleasure, violence, religion and life.