Screening & talk
8 & 9 October 2020
Talk with Mohamed Melehi and Shalom Gorewitz
9 October 2020, 4 pm GMT+1
On the occasion of the exhibition New Waves: Mohamed Melehi and the Casablanca Art School Archives at Alserkal Avenue (Dubai), (re)discover the artist’s universe with the online screening of the documentary Melehi by Shalom Gorewitz, on 8 and 9 October on alserkal.online. This screening will be followed by an exclusive discussion between the painter and the filmmaker on 9 October at 4 pm GMT+1.
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
Exclusively on alserkal.online, filmmaker Shalom Gorewitz and Mohamed Melehi will reunite 36 years after they last met for a special live conversation on Friday, 9 October. Moderated by curator Morad Montazami.
TALK | Melehi and Gorewitz
When | Friday, 9 October at 4 pm GMT+1