OUR LAND JUST LIKE A DREAM

24 September 2022 – 16 July 2023

Curator: Meriem Berrada
Scenography: Studio Joël Andrianomearisoa

For its very first monographic exhibition dedicated to a contemporary artist, MACAAL has invited Joël Andrianomearisoa to occupy all of the museum’s spaces in an exploration of Moroccan traditional knowledge. The artist engages dialogue with diverse artistic perspectives in a polyphonic and immersive scenography, punctuated by a selection of works from the Fondation Alliances collections.

The works produced for OUR LAND JUST LIKE A DREAM were created exclusively in Marrakech, making use of a variety of local artisanal techniques in sustained dialogue with those who practice them. After an exploratory residency, Joël Andrianomearisoa undertook production of original works in close coordination with experienced artisans. The resulting works are personal interpretations of Morocco’s artistic heritage as well as a tribute to hand craft. Sensitive to the materials that he encounters, the artist combines a variety of mediums with elegance and commitment. Wickerwork, metalwork, ceramics and embroidery collectively serve his poetic vision through textile installations, metallic sculptures or drawings on organic paper; all possibilities offered by the artist’s host territory.

This same quest for resonance led Joël Andrianomearisoa to engage in visual conversations with six artists, including Amina Agueznay (Morocco), Clotilde Courau (France), and Hindi Zahra (Morocco). As they explore goldsmithing, wood engraving, or sound, each of his accomplices – visual artist, actress, or musician – responds to the poetic perambulation of matter created by Joël Andrianomearisoa.

ABDERAHMAN ABOULOUANE – AMINA AGUEZNAY – ZINEB ANDRESS ARRAKI – BELDI COUNTRY CLUB – AMINA BENBOUCHTA – MILOUD BOUARFA – COOPÉRATIVE ARTISANALE ASSABIRATE – CLOTILDE COURAU – YASSINE EL HARADA – MOHAMED EL KHATER – ALEXANDRE GOURÇON – TIBARI KANTOUR – THE MOROCCANS – SOUFIANE TIGLYENE – AZZEDINE TOUFIKALLAH – HINDI ZAHRA

Exhibited artists – MACAAL Collection

SAID AFIFI – MOHAMED ANZAOUI – FARID BELKAHIA – MOHAMED BEN ALI RBATI – MERIEM BOUDERBALA – DANIEL CORREA MEJIA – HASSAN EL GLAOUI – MIRANDA FORRESTER – MOHAMED FQUIH REGRAGUI – HICHAM GARDAF – MOHAMED HAMRI – HANS HARTUNG – MOHAMED MELEHI – MOHAMED KACIMI – SANDRINE PELLETIER – JEAN-FRANÇOIS PORTAELS – ABDELKBIR RABI’ – FATIHA ZEMMOURI

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