From March 01, 2021 until September 30, 2021
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As part of the exhibition "Moroccan Trilogy: Art and culture in Morocco from 1950-2020", the Reina Sofia Museum, Casa Árabe and Medialab Prado are organizing "Entretanto," a series of workshop, meetings and debates.
This event series will focus on what happens in that in-between time (“Entretanto”) that takes place between the three periods making up the exhibition, with a special emphasis on the present and on the artistic and collective rearguards that exist in its main cities. This proposal has been curated by Susana Moliner, of Grigri Projects, with the cooperation of the Public Activities Department of MNCARS, and in conjunction with Casa Árabe and Medialab Prado.
Over a period of six months, a series of activities will be carried out with the goal of getting to know and questioning the complexity of Morocco’s contemporary reality by holding talks with artists and creators from this country.
The “Entretanto” series not only intends to offer a set of activities which spur thought and provide a context for the “Moroccan Trilogy“ event, but also to create a way to activate and articulate networks between the guest cultural agents from Morocco and the local communities.
It is an attempt to produce a constellation of knowledge and complicity before, during and after each of the activities, in order to weave together a fabric of recognition between the two shores in the present.
Lying amid two seas, a gateway to the continent of Africa located in the Arab world territory farthest from the cradle of the Muslim religion, Morocco has been the only country in the region after the Arab Spring and its own February 20, 2011 movement, not only to have retained its status quo and its model of governance revolving around the figure of the king, but also to have seen this power reinforced through a process of physical and economic change based on the construction of motorways, the building of high-speed railways, the opening of large shopping malls, the creation of luxury resorts and the development of river and port megaprojects.
At the same time as these large-scale metamorphoses -and the rapid demographic transition that has accompanied them, with a huge increase in the population moving from the countryside to the city-, a series of protest movements and a network of new art spaces and circuits are springing up in this country, thus questioning these processes of growth and development, and the effects they have on inequality and overlapping social and economic realities that can lead to severe identity-related tension.
Morocco has reached an “in-between time” which this event series hopes to examine and welcome through the proposals and voices of different artists, creators and thinkers, with their multidisciplinary, independent and contemporary artistic forms of expression ranging between the invisible, the mystical, the ironic, the digital and the commonplace.
Thus, a series of spaces will be provided to discuss the tensions existing in this territory of transition, between inside and outside, between the social mask and the intimacy of relationships woven despite moral conventions; the potential for recovering other veiled or ignored pasts, conversations to reflect upon the ways in which Moroccan creators work to construct possibility and meaning, gathering and hybridizing knowledge and customs, opening up paths to acknowledge the diverse forms of love and self-expression, using domestic stories as a foundation for the universal, while imagining the mystical as a possible way to reformulate the ties between urban and social realms.
Domestic constellations workshopFrom March 04, 2021 until March 27, 2021The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.MADRIDCasa Árabe headquarters (at Calle Alcalá, 62). The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You must sign up in advance, which will be possible soon on this website.In Spanish.On March 27, Mohammed Larbi Rahhali will be conducting this session organized by Casa Árabe as part of the event series "Entretanto" and the exhibition "Moroccan Trilogy," with the cooperation of MNCARS and Medialab Prado. SOLD OUT.At this workshop, we will get to learn more about Mohammed Larbi Rahhali’s universe. He is an an artist who, through elements as heterogeneous as fishing nets, matchboxes intervened with meticulous drawings and other small objects linked to everyday life, is able to connect different scales of representation ranging from the domestic stories from the ‘medina’ of his city, Tetouan, to the countless constellations which crisscross the sky we all share. A material universe that makes it possible to create several dimensions of meaning in the world we inhabit.At this session, we will get the opportunity to build small installations, in a dialogue with the artist, in which each workshop participant designs a constellation of his or her own universe, based on the everyday materials that they contribute for the session. It is a workshop to think about ourselves, create bonds and perform self-portrayal through the objects surrounding us and with which we co-exist.This workshop is being held within the framework of the schedule of activities taking place in conjunction with “Entretanto,” which forms part of the exhibition “Moroccan Trilogy: Art and culture in Morocco” intended to give us a closer look at the art and culture of that country during the time period from 1956 to 2020.“Entretanto” includes a series of workshops, meetings and debates held by the Reina Sofia Museum, Casa Arabe and Medialab Prado about what happens in that “In-between” space (“Entretanto”) that is created amid the three time periods forming the exhibition, with a special emphasis on the present, and on the artistic and collective rearguards operating in its main cities. This proposal has been curated by Susana Moliner, of Grigri Projects, with the cooperation of the Public Activities Department of MNCARS, and in conjunction with Casa Árabe and Medialab Prado.To take part in the workshop, participants will be required to contribute a few everyday objects which they feel are representative of their personal identity and can be used as material for the temporary installation to be created.Mohamed Larbi Rahhali was born in 1956 in Tetouan, where he now lives and works. He graduated from that city’s Fine Arts School in 1984. His work is deeply influenced by his trade as a fisherman and his daily life in the ‘medina’ of Tetouan. His installations intermix the disciplines of cosmology, esoterics and symbolism linked to folk tales and the mutual assistance which people continue to give each other in his neighborhood. The work also highlights his reflections upon the collective memory shared by Morocco and Spain, and the testimony of this colonial history. His work has been displayed at the following group exhibitions: “Elsewhere,” New Museum, New York (2015), Sous nos yeux part.3, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain (2015), Sous nos yeux Part.2, Kunsthalle centre d’art contemporain, Mulhouse, France (2013 ).
A conversation on African presence and invisibilityMay 25, 20217:00 p.m.MADRIDCasa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entrance until the event’s capacity is reached.In Spanish.In order to mark Africa Day on Tuesday, May 25, we will be hosting this round table discussion, as part of the program "Entretanto" and the exhibition "Moroccan Trilogy," organized whit the cooperation of MNCARS and Medialab Prado.North Africa, like any other place in the world, poses challenges around the concept of identity, as a monolithic entity which determines who belongs to or comes from a specific place. However, as elsewhere in the world, the fiction of a homogeneous, harmonious identity that embraces and confers consistency to a narrative of community or nation can easily dispense with lifestyles, colors, viewpoints and traditions which go beyond the limits of the imaginary through which nations and peoples see themselves, thus causing tensions.Examining the contradictions that others experience when they are forced to look at themselves can help us come to terms with our own contradictions. From one side of the Straits of Gibraltar to the other, identities which are non-existent, which are much less than the truly existing array, create a game of smoke and mirrors that loses meaning when their surface reveals that a mosaic is actually present. When gazed at closely, geographic and demographic maps fail to uphold either the imaginary of the South or that of the North. Seen very much up-close, the pieces in this mosaic are far more permeable and provocative. They tell a far greater story than the identity fictions which block a clearer view of the landscape.Since its independences, Morocco has privileged the Arab-Muslim identity, leaving aside other features of its culture and geography. To the north, Spain accommodates this Arab-Muslim identity as part of the Moorish imaginary, an otherness from which the country can dissociate and compare itself, in order to define itself as the European counterpart. The opposition is neverending, but neither South nor North are so different, and neither country is the way it likes to imagine. Other bodies, other experiences and other memories inhabit the territories of the present and timeless tales, thus challenging the vantage points looming over peoples without ever setting foot on the ground to see who truly inhabits and comprises these places.At this meeting, with moderation by journalist Sarah Babiker, we will get the opportunity to hear dialogue between M’barek Bouhchichi (Akka, 1975) and Ruben H. Bermúdez (Madrid, 1981), who take a critical look at the racial factors in their own national identities through their artistic works. An identity-based liminality, borderland viewpoints, which boycott all pretense of essentialist simplicity and broaden the limit of what it means to come from one side or the other, attempting to find new ways to enunciate themselves.M’barek Bouhchichi (1975, Akka, Morocco) lives and works in Tahanaout, near Marrakesh, where he teaches art. Using painting, sculpture, drawing and even video, M’barek Bouhchichi carries out his work through a tentative language based on the exploration of the limits between our internal discourse and its extension towards the outside world, the real world, and his social representation as a racialized person.Rubén H. Bermúdez (1981, Madrid) is a photographer and educator. In 2014, he initiated the project “So why are you black?” about the portrayal of blackness. He is a co-founder of the space formerly known as Espacio Afroconciencia. He sometimes works as a curator, as well, as he did on the film series Lo Afro está en el centro, held at CA2M Madrid.Sarah Babiker (1979, Madrid) has a degree in Social and Political Anthropology from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences and is a specialist in International Information and Countries in the South. A journalist and partner at El Salto Diario, she writes from a viewpoint focusing on feminisms, anti-racist struggles, neighborhood resistance and social justice.