When the retrospective Mohamed Melehi: Recent Paintings opened at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (NYC) in 1984, it was the first large-scale solo exhibition in the US for an artist from North Africa. A landmark in Melehi’s artistic trajectory, the exhibition gave the artist an opportunity to reconnect with the American art scene, which he had experienced so vividly between 1962 and 1964.
In an attempt to highlight the importance of this event, the Bronx Museum commissioned American video artist Shalom Gorewitz to produce a documentary film about Melehi.
Filmed in Morocco, this documentary entitled MELEHI sees Gorewitz and Melehi return to the artist’s most remarkable site-specific and “integrated” artworks, as well as to the traditional mosques of the High Atlas where Melehi documented outstanding decorative paintings and unanticipated vernacular modernism. In doing so, Gorewitz captures Melehi’s universe and iconography in this truly artistic and lively film.
The film will be screened in Alserkal Avenue and on alserkal.online. Details below.
ONLINE SCREENING | MELEHI