Cultural associations: models and audiences

Conversation with Marilyn Douala Bell, Hicham Bouzid, Wassim Ghozlani & Yvon Langué

16 July 2020, 5 pm ( Morocco)

Language : French

In the context of our series of talks, we were pleased to invite Hicham Bouzid (Think Tanger), Wassim Ghozlani (Maison de l’image – Tunis) and Marilyn Douala Bell (Doual’Art – Douala) to our sixth Zoom webinar. Moderated by Yvon Langué (independent curator, Untitled), the discussion focussed on initiatives from civil society, cultural associations in particular.

About Marilyn Douala Bell

Princess Marilyn Douala Manga Bell belongs to the Douala royal family. She was born in Cameroon in 1957. She studied Development Economics in Paris where she began her professional life. After she met her husband, the art historian Didier Schaub, they decided in 1986 to return to Cameroon. In 1991, they created doual’art with a group of friends, a contemporary art centre that defines itself as an “Ars & Urbis” research laboratory on urban issues. Its major concern is to verify whether artistic practices can play a role in the citizen appropriation of public space, affect urban society and participate in the identity of the city. Since 2007, doual’art organizes the public art festival SUD – Salon Urbain de Douala – during which local and international contemporary creators register in the city, with the inhabitants, artistic projects around a precise theme.

About Hicham Bouzid

Born in Tangier (Morocco), Hicham Bouzid is an independent cultural operator and curator. Since 2010, he has collaborated with several artistic and cultural organizations in Morocco and abroad : first as an assistant bookseller at the bookshop Les Insolites in Tangier, before moving to Marrakech in 2013, where he participated in the launch of 18, Derb El Ferrane, a multi-disciplinary cultural Riad and artist’s residence.
He is the co-founder and artistic director of Think Tangier, a cultural platform that explores the social and spatial issues of the city of Tangier through projects operating in the fields of contemporary art, design, participatory research and urban practices, as well as an image and printed object production workshop.

About Wassim Ghozlani

Wassim Ghozlani is the founder, CEO and artistic director of the Maison de l’image, an independent venue dedicated to the promotion and development of visual arts and artists. A photographer himself, he has collaborated with several renowned photographers and artists such as Josef Koudelka, Patrick Zachmann, Stanley Green, Pep Bonet and Kihende Wiley. Ghozlani frequently collaborates with international organizations as a speaker. He lives and works in Tunis, Tunisia.

About Yvon Langué

Yvon Langué is a freelance curator and graphic designer based in Marrakech. He is co-founder – with Soukaina Aboulaoula – of Untitled, a curating and art direction agency based in Marrakech. Combining graphic design and curatorial advice, Untitled’s actions explore the possibilities of text and form in the broader cultural conversation (Hey Man, Where Can You Read Poetry Here?, 2019, 1-54 Forum; What Is Left of Us?, 2018, Raw Material Company). Yvon Langué has successively worked as an exhibition assistant at the Museum of Photography and Visual Arts, Marrakech, and as a curatorial and editorial assistant at Kulte Gallery & Editions, Rabat. His fields of exploration include photography (DABAPHOTO 5: Burnout, 2019, LE 18); representations of migration (Migrations, Narratives, Movements, Keele University, 2019); ideographies of knowledge (Rêves de Colonies, Dar Bellarj, 2019); and the notion of editorialization.