24.11. - 24.11.2015
Tuesday, November 24 at 7pm
During the evening, Wiame Haddad will present her photo project «Ceux qui restent» (Those who remain), which questions the fragility of human presence, through stories of former political prisoners from Morocco.
Wiame Haddad exhibits at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photo de Fès, curated by Jeanne Mercier, from 14 November to 15 December.
Soufiane Ababri, curated by Karima Boudou
09.10. - 05.11.2015
What’s The Name Of This Nation (WTNOTN)
Soufiane Ababri, cur. Karima Boudou
A project as part of the 3rd edition of « curator’s zone » at Le Cube
Opening of the exhibition Friday October 9, 6.30pm
Exhibition from October 10 until November 5
Residency from September 11 until October 10
Le Cube - independent art room gathers for the third edition of its “curator’s zone” the artist Soufiane Ababri and the curator Karima Boudou. The project What’s The Name Of This Nation (WTNOTN) proposes through the format of a magazine an exploration of various processes through which African identity can be re-assessed, through the prism of Ancient Egypt. In dialogue with the magazine and its contributors (artists, poets, choreographers, activist, art critics), Le Cube hosts fragments of narration and proposals by Soufiane Ababri in direct echo with the magazine, questioning the way the past can be contained in a wider dimension than culture. A series of gatherings and presentations with Stéphane Léger (art critic and independent searcher), Kenza Sefrioui (literary critic and editor) and Montassir Sakhi (a PhD candidate in Social Sciences and activist) were organized at Le Cube during the residency. On the occasion of the opening the number 0 of the magazine « WTNOTN » will be launched and available for sale.
Contributors of the magazine:
Kool Moe Dee
Lili Reynaud Dewar & Alexis Vaillant
Edited: Soufiane Ababri, Karima Boudou et Le Cube – independent art room
Graphic design: Quentin Bidaud et Pauline Laurent
The project was realised with the support of the Institut Français Rabat and the Goethe-Institut Rabat.
September 30 at 6pm: meeting with Stéphane Léger, art critic and independent researcher
For the discussion at Le Cube, Stéphane Léger, as part of his collaboration in the magazine Scenery, offers a laboratory on the function of conversation in relation with the project WTNOTN and African identity politics.
October 5 at 6pm: presentation with Kenza Sefrioui, literary critic and editor On the occasion of her presentation at Le Cube, Kenza Sefrioui talks about the editorial experience of the magazine Souffles, that she will compare with the one of the pan African magazine Chimurenga, in order to approach the issues of dissemination of books in the continent.
October 7 at 6pm (video conference): meeting with Montassir Sakhi, a PhD candidate in Social Sciences (Anthropology and Sociology) at the University Paris 8 and activist. In this video-conference at Le Cube, Montassir Sakhi proposes an analyze of the political and social means in favor of another Morocco and a new approach to political-spiritual movements.
October 9 at 6.30pm: opening of the exhibition and launch of the magazine "What's The Name Of This Nation" by Soufiane Ababri and Karima Boudou.
Text of the curator:
P-H-R-E but not F-R-E-E*
Long before the world wide web, the streets were the disseminators of information. Urban dwellers would often find rising before them on readymade pulpits or soapboxes, street corner orators of all varieties expounding on all matter of subjects. In the first scenes of the exhibition What’s The Name Of This Nation, pyramids similar to spaceships from an idyllic planet set course for the Earth. It seems like Sun Ra is in command. From behind our keyboards we pilot together the music-driven ship and its crew, the intergalactic WTNOTN, first to Egypt and then, across deserts, mountains and cities in Africa, and then to the United States. Remember that Sun Ra has come to our planet with a mission: the salvation of the Afro-Americans.
The exhibition and magazine WTNOTN offer the possibility to temporarily leave the planet Earth and to build a new life with or without the interference of domination, class, gender, race and identity. The Earth is doomed, the arrival of WTNOTN is an omen of the Apocalypse. When the magazine and the exhibition land, surrounded by pulsating laser beams, set foot on the art space Le Cube, a prophecy is fulfilled and the end of time has come. Sun Ra explains: “We work on the other side of time”. One of the backholds of the exhibition, presenting the work of artist Soufiane Ababri, is the film featuring lebanese choreographer Alexandre Paulikevitch. He is in Beirut performing Baladi dance, reminding us of Egyptian deities practicing dance rituals as they took place in Ancient Egyptian mythology. As with Sun Ra who pleaded for a spiritual liberation that can only be achieved through ascesis, discipline, study and submission to cosmic hierarchy; the body and the mind become tools for political and social resistance.
What’s The Name Of This Nation’s principal theme is the alliances between African identity and Ancient Egypt’s lens through an exhibition and a magazine, the latter aimed at teleporting itself from the apartment of Le Cube as a spaceship, as in a Star Trek episode lifting off and leaving the earth further and further behind. It dates from 2015 and is largely set in the center of Rabat, Morocco, at the moment the stronghold of Le Cube. At the entrance of the exhibition space, Ababri’s work Egyptomania (2015) depicts a vandalized 19th century replica of an Egyptian statue to be found in Paris. This vandal intervention suggests that this history, which distorts facts in order to found a supremacy on false evidence, needs to be re-written by a younger generations who wants to take back its past. For instance, Soufiane Ababri’s corpus of artworks in the back room of the gallery proposes a view of the history and the future of the Africans and Afro-Americans. The works are set as an open concept providing a mixture of black Bible interpretations through a soundtrack from an African-American tour guide in Egypt (claiming that everything that the ancient Greek knew had been stolen from the Egyptians), a sand dune in the corner of the room (Untitled (sand stacks), 2015; disposed à la Félix González-Torres and sticking and contaminating the shoes of the visitor without her/his will), a colourfoul pyramid as a sculptural hybridization with an African mask (Pyramid III, African Spiritual Concepts at the Temple of Aset (Isis), 2015), and an historical part with a collection of six photographs from colonial times in Egypt (Untitled (LE TOURISME DE DESTRUCTION MASSIVE), 2015).
The magazine WTNOTN reports of science-fiction, poetry, visual arts, choreography, new developments in space and travel connected with rapper from the Zulu Nation Kool Moe Dee, artist Lili Reynaud Dewar, curator Alexis Vaillant, writer Mohamed Hmoudane, artist Kapwani Kiwanga, writer Mohamed Leftah, art critic Stéphane Léger, artist Maha Maamoun, artist Lorraine O'Grady, choreographer Alexandre Paulikevitch, activist and social sciences alumni Montassir Sakhi, as well as artist Fred Wilson.
The various contributions in What’s The Name Of This Nation suggest that we can only free ourselves from our ‘inverted positions’ on this planet through various myths, through the powers of imagination, through music and various disciplines that arise the spirit to another world. Sun Ra once explained to his students:
“I see myself as P-H-R-E.
P-H-R-E but not F-R-E-E*. That’s the name of the sun in ancient Egypt”.
The satellites are spinning,
a better day is breaking.
The galaxies are waiting
For planet Earth's awakening.
Hanane El Farissi
02.09. - 17.09.2015
open studio - work in progress
September 2, 2015 at 6.30pm
After her residence "summer's lab 2015" at Le Cube, Hanane opens her temporary studio to show the first part of her research.
With this unpublished work, the artist tries to reconstruct the memory, that she keeps of her father. Family photographies and drawings made with hair are the witnesses of a partly unknown, blurred or present past.
Hanane El Farissi
01.08. - 03.09.2015
Invited artist Hanane El Farissi develops a work about memory that she will present during the evening of "open studio – work in progress » :
mercredi, 2 septembre 2015 à partir de 18.30h
28.06. - 28.06.2015
"We are all radio creatures!"
a radio happening by Anna Raimondo with the complicity of websynradio.fr/
Sunday, June 28 at 8.30pm
"We are all radio creatures" is a project of intimate geography joining people and spaces chosen from the artist, through a moment of collective and common listening via streaming in physical spaces all around the world.
Apartments, art and music centers, galleries will resonate locally and in unison the 28th of June, proposing a listening session to its local audience.
The playlist is composed by an aggregative curatorial approach in which each one proposes some works to diffuse, with the intention of defending a plurality of approaches to the radio art today.
because radio is a public space
because radio is dissemination
because radio is uncontrollable
because radio is everywhere
because radio is its listeners
because radio is aggregation
because radio is plural
With the participation of :
Marcelo Armani (Br), Sajid Akbar (In), Dominique Balaÿ (Fr), BASE-Moinho (Br), Maison Bergamini (Be), Riccardo Bergamini (It-Be), Touda Bouanani (Ma), Le Cube – independent art room (Ma), Canecapovolto (It), DinahBird (Fr), Mauro Espindola (Br), Pedro Gallego (Br), Magz Hall (Uk), Khaled Kaddal (Egp), Ali Khodr (Br-Lb), Luciene Lamano (Br), Francesca Masoero (It-Be), Jeanette Mauricio (Nor),Camila Mello (Br), Bruno Mendonça (Br), Paim Claudia (Br), Despina Panagiotopoulou (Gr), Philippe Petit (Fr), Anna Raimondo (It-Be), Leticia Rita (Br),Renata Roman (Br),Dan Scott (Uk), Gael Segalen (Fr), Ghita Skali (Ma), Thiago R (Br), Sec_ (It),
BASE-Moinho (Br) - 5,30pm
San Paulo (Br)- Ibrasotope, Rua Januario Miraglia 43- 5,30pm
Rabat (Ma) - Le Cube Independent Art Room - 8,30pm
Canterbury (Uk) - 9,30pm
Kent (Uk)- 50 Athleston Rd, Margate, Kent, CT92BH- 9,30pm
Brussels (Be)- Maison Bergamini- 10,30pm
Catania (It)- Scuola Fuorinorma via Cervignano,15 Catania- 10,30pm
Paris (Fr)- Dinah Bird and Gael Segalen’ appartments - 10,30pm
Marseille (Fr)- Philippe Petit’s appartement -10,30pm
Nimes (Fr) - 18 rue Pasteur 30000 - 10,30pm
Naples (It) - Via San Bartolomeo 5, 80133 - 10,30pm
Trondheim (Nor), Veimester Krohgs gate 8 - 10,30pm
Alexandria (Eg), Khaled Kaddal’ s appartment
Athens (Gr), Sofia Simaki,Exarhia,Athens,Greece - 11,30pm
New Delhi- Sajid Akbar’s apartment 1,30 am
Anna Raimondo, cur. Alya Sebti
29.05. - 29.05.2015
video night #9
Anna Raimondo, cur. Alya Sebti
Friday, May 29, 6.30pm
Le parole sono importanti
Words are important
Anna Raimondo’s approach finds its place in the gender, cultural and postcolonial studies. With her exploration of listening as a political and aesthetic experience at once, she uses sound material as a tool to create relational spaces, to probe what we have in common (or not) and often to test the limits between private and public spaces. Through the voice, languages and sonic ambulation, between performance and intervention, her work offers a personal reappropriation of urban space while questioning the concept of identity in its various forms.
At the video night proposed by Le Cube, with the complicity of the independent curator Alya Sebti, a selection of video works and sound installations will be shown in order to present her work to the public, also with the intention of stimulating exchange between the artist, the curator and the audience on the borders of language and public space understood as artistic laboratory.
La video night #9 is organized by Le Cube – independent art room, l’Istituto Italiano di Cultura de Rabat et le Goethe-Institut Rabat en collaboration avec Le 18.
Amber Eve Anderson
13.05. - 13.05.2015
Wednesday, May 13 2015 at 6.30pm
During the evening, the American artist addresses notions of place and orientation in an attempt to make sense of the displacement and fragmentation she has experienced since leaving the United States to live in places as diverse as Peru, Syria and Morocco.
She addresses the dichotomy between the emptiness and distance of placelessness and the comfort and security of home. These investigations highlight rapidly changing conceptions of home and the reality of modern experience.
The resulting works span fibers, sculpture, photography, installation and video. That which links one work to the next is a sense of longing and loss.
artist in residence Maria Hanl
23.04. - 04.06.2015
Opening Thursday, April 23, at 6.30pm at Le Cube – independent art room.
The artist will be present.
The idea of shopping centers in the United States, designed by the architect Victor Gruen, was to establish a "third place" in isolated American suburbs - a place dedicated not only to business, but also to social life. This is basically the idea of a prosperous European city centers.
While in the US malls close and fall into ruin one after the other, superlative malls are built in other countries. In times of post industrialism the shopping mall thus became the motor of a new consumer economy: It integrates life into the act of shopping and not conversely.
Maria Hanl ranges these temples of consumption, entertainment and leisure in search of architectural and decorative elements, which subtly underline the idyllic and exotic side of these buildings: artificial rocks, imaginary animals, fountains, rivers, or aquariums. The artist captures these elements on photography and assembles the images to a paradisiac world of appearance, of a projection and a reflection in which we inevitably become participants.
The exhibition is supported by the Austrian Embassy in Rabat as well as the Austrian Chancellery (BKA).
Zainab Andalibe à l'Institut Français Fes
18.02. - 12.03.2015
The exhibition "Une éventuelle altération" by Zainab Andalibe realised during the summer's lab 2014 at Le Cube - independent art room will be presented in February 2015 at the Institut Français in Fes. Discover also the work "roses de vent", a coproduction with the French artist Nicolas Kozerawski.
opening, Wednesday 18th of February at 6.30pm
at the gallery of the Institut Français in Fes.
The artists will be present.
The exhibition will last until the 12th of March 2015.
More information: if-maroc.org/fes/spip.php
Katrin Ströbel et Mohammed Laouli
11.02. - 15.04.2015
article in illionweb (Mouna Lahrech): www.illionweb.com/migrants-sans-frontieres/
Opening, 11th of February 2015 at 6.30pm
with the presentation of the book published on the occasion of the project "Frontières fluides - fluid boundaries."
The artists will be present.
The project “frontières fluides – fluid boundaries” by Katrin Ströbel (Germany) and Mohammed Laouli (Morocco) speaks of migration in Europe and the Maghreb region. It also underlines the Mediterranean region as a cultural and geopolitical entity. But foremost the project examines the identity of artists in the era of a more and more globalized art world:
The artists have chosen an installation of a "nomadic-boat" (a temporary shelter built with local materials on local boats) as a symbol for the artist's life today: nomadic, unstable, temporary, always in motion, in transit. Make passages, overcome or accept borders has become an important part of everyday life for artists like Katrin Ströbel and Mohammed Laouli, but it describes also the reality of thousands of migrants that crossed the seas in the last centuries: From Europe to America, from Africa to Europe, from Old Europe to the New World, from one life to another, back and forth.
As part of this project which will last about 2 years, activities around the installation of a "nomadic-boat" will happen in different places, where displacement, migration, transit and the use of boats play an important role in everyday live.
So far, the project took place in Rabat–Salé (Morocco), Playa Blanca (15 km from Tangier, very close to Spain) and Amsterdam (Netherlands). This summer, the project is going to be continued in Bregenz (Austria) and Konstanz (Germany) at Lake Constance, which is the border lake between Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
For each of these locations, the two artists are working with a boat that they found on site, boats used by the population of each place: fishing boats, boats of public transport or tourist boats. By constructing the shelter on the boat in the public space, Katrin Ströbel and Mohammed Laouli get in contact with the local population. Constructing the nomadic boat becomes a tool in order to interact and communicate with people living in the area. Artisans and artists, fishermen, workers, children, inhabitants of the different locations follow the activities of Ströbel and Laouli.
They quickly get in touch with Ströbel and Laouli, discuss about boats and shelters, help them to find the necessary materials to built the shelter and give construction advice. At the same time, they start to tell their stories of migration; stories abut the history of the cities. They talk about their identities, their homes and families, about their dreams and fears.
Ströbel and Laouli collect these (hi-)stories: The recorded interviews will be an important part of the project. Together with films and photographies they become the artistic base of “frontières fluides”. This archive will be used to develop video works, series of photos, drawings, installations and a book project.
At the same time, the boat is also used as place for different activities. They depend on the conditions of each place and its various functions: The "nomadic-boat" is sometimes used as a real home or for public transport, but it can be also a meeting place for local habitants. Katrin Ströbel and Mohammed Laouli invite other artists to use the „nomadic boat“ as public stage for performances, lectures, concerts, happenings and other events.
The project „frontieres fluides - fluid boundaries“ is a cooperation with Le Cube - independent art room, Rabat.
It is supported by the Goethe-Institut, the German Embassy in Rabat, Morocco and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Afrique du Nord Rabat.
The work realized during the project will be exhibited for the first time at Le Cube – independent art room in February 2015. In July 2015 it will be presented in the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen/Germany as well as in the Galerie Lisi Hämmerle in Bregenz/Austria.
Further exhibitions are planned in Marseille/France and other places around the Mediterranean Sea.
At the same time, the „nomadic boat“ will keep finding new places and stopovers all across the world.
Zainab Andalibe à l'Institut Français Meknes
15.01. - 31.01.2015
The exhibition "Une éventuelle altération" by Zainab Andalibe realised during the summer's lab 2014 at Le Cube - independent art room will be presented in January 2015 at the Institut Français in Meknes.
opening, Thursday 15th of January at 6.30pm
at the gallery of the Institut Français in Meknes.
The artist will be present.
Rue Ferhat Hachad
T +212 (0)5 35 51 65 00
The exhibition will last until the 31st of January 2015.
Afterwards the show will be presented at the Institut Français in Fes from the 18th of February until the 12th of March 2015.
The program of the Institut Français Meknes online: