RESSALA, a major exhibition of Mohamed Arejdal’s work, stems from a desire to defend an alternative vision of art in Morocco, and offer an alternative for the fantasised ‘Great South.’ No longer limited to a spatial territory or to a geography, the ‘Great South’ put forward by the artist would find more meaning in an aggregate of customs, practices and cultures that have been overshadowed by a mainstream Eurocentric discourse. The relation to modernity, colonialism, the sacred, social ties, borders and nomadic culture are all major ardent concerns for Mohamed Arejdal.
Since her recent installation in Tahanaout after having felt the need to leave Casablanca, Fatiha Zemmouri has been thinking a lot about the action of man on his “intimate territory, his house, his garden, his agricultural plots”, and a larger one, operated at the scale of states and regions. In Intra-Muros, the artist takes a look at the question of the appropriation and demarcation of land on an individual scale, then of the transformations that everyone feels to create their ideal territory. This concern drives her to look at and analyse the history of the world when dominant nations were able to share vast territories during the colonial era to serve their economic interests.
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