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A look at the Moroccan Avant-garde

June 07, 20216:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 6:00 p.m. In order to attend this event in person, you must sign up in advance.
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In Spanish.

On the occasion of the exhibition “Moroccan Trilogy 1950-2020,” currently on display at the Reina Sofía Museum, on Monday, June 7 we will be hosting a conference and film screening on the Moroccan avant-garde. Register to attend in person.

We will be screening the ethnographic film “Moroccan Avant-garde: Following the footsteps of contemporary art in Morocco” (2021). This documentary creates a visual dialogue between the different role-players involved in Morocco’s contemporary art scene. It is designed to take us on a tour through the so-called “popular arts” and avant-garde practices. It also coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of “Souffles,” the well-known avant-garde magazine and “voice of dissidence” first published in 1966 as a platform of expression for a new generation of artists and intellectuals. Filmed in 2016 under the direction of anthropologist José Antonio González Alcantud, the documentary will be accompanied by the presentation of the book “Border Cultures: Andalusia and Morocco in the debate over modernity,” which resulted from collective work coordinated by the anthropologist, published by the firm Anthropos.

After the screening, a dialogue will be held between González Alcantud, of the University of Granada, and Diego Moya, a visual artist and architect who is very knowledgeable about the Moroccan arts scene. The event will be presented by Nuria Medina, Casa Árabe’s Coordinator of Cultural Programs.

José Antonio González Alcantud (Granada, 1956) is the professor who chairs the Social Anthropology department at the University of Granada, a correspondent member of the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences of Spain, and recipient of the Giuseppe Cocchiara International Award for Anthropological Studies in 2019 (Italy). He has devoted a major part of his work to analyzing the Andalusian and Moroccan worlds, and many facets of Orientalism.

Diego Moya (Jaén, 1943) is a visual artist and architect who works indistinctly with sculpture, architecture and painting. Since 1991, Asilah, Morocco has been an important location for his activity, where he researches the symbolic aspects of abstraction in a close relationship with nature. He founded the MEDOCC Association, which has carried out intercultural artistic projects such as “Re.encuentro Tawassul,” “Affinities” and “Ilham – Inspiration.”
A look at the Moroccan Avant-garde
View of the exhibition “Moroccan Trilogy” at MNCARS. © Photo NM