Video workshop in Morocco gives people a look at themselves
How do the new media influence contemporary Moroccan art? And
how can this art play a part in social change in this society?
These questions were the starting point for the Media Art Workshop,
held from 12 to 24 April 2004 in the Institut Français in
Agadir, Morocco. The workshop was organised by artists Abdellatif
Benfaidoul, former resident at the Amsterdam Rijksakademie van
beeldende kunsten, and Aziz Taleb, both of whom live in Europe.
Together these artists form the Taleb Cherche Midi collective.
People who live in Agadir, which is situated de-centrally, are
not often confronted with other ways of thinking and living. Because
they have virtually no way to compare themselves with others, they
also lack a clear image of who they themselves are. In turn this
means that they can also exert little influence on the way in which
they are seen in the rest of Morocco and elsewhere. According to
the project description, the workshop intended 'to give the people
of Agadir the feeling that they are part of a process in which they
can create their own image of themselves'.
During the workshop, public presentations of varying video art
pieces were given during five evenings. There were also workshops
during which professional artists shared their know-how with semi-professional
artists and students. Toni Serra, Joachim Montessuis, Mabil Ayouch,
Zhor Rehihi and Alexander Peterhaensel were among the professionals
who gave workshops. The themes discussed included non-linear mounting
and the history of film and video.
The idea for the media workshops originated in the Video Caravan,
a mobile exposition of Moroccan video art that visited Dordrecht,
the Netherlands, and Cologne, Germany in 2003. With this mobile
exposition, Taleb Cherche Midi wanted to establish links between
Moroccans living in Europe and Moroccan artists in Morocco. The
video workshop in Morocco is the first in a series of activities
intended to enrich the art platform in Agadir. Until now the opportunities
for (video) artists there were relatively limited.
The Media Art workshop was supported by the European Cultural
Foundation, the Stichting Doen foundation, the Prince Claus fund,
the Hubert Bals Fund, the Institut Français in Agadir and
the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/RAIN network.
For more information, contact Abdellatif Benfaidoul: email@example.com