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Identity, memory, and exile at the heart of the artist Firouz Farman-Farmaian’s exhibition

Written by FDM

The multidisciplinary Iranian artist Firouz Farman-Farmaian is back in Marrakech to create and present his exhibition Memorandum of the Unknown Path. A powerful installation to adorn the hall of the Royal Theater of Marrakech, during the 2020 edition of Marrakech fair 1-54 dedicated to African art which will start on February 21, 2020.

The Memorandum of the Unknown Path exhibition will be an opportunity to discover sculptures, paintings, drawings and studies addressing cross-cultural themes such as identity, memory, and exile. The main installation of the exhibition, Banners of the Unbanished, represents the tribal ties that unite the ancient Moroccan and Persian cultures, like a Sufi-inspired dance mixing sacred materials and post-tribal symbols. It conveys a message of urgent and universal unity.
The exhibition will also present Talkhimt Tadounit (The Tent of the World in Tamazight), a 9 minute 58 art film created by FarmanFarmaian, which freely documents the creative process behind the installation. The original soundtrack of this visual work, inspired by contemporary sub-Saharan sounds, was recorded and composed via FORMM, the artist’s new experimental sound platform.

The question of identity confronted with change is the main theme addressed by the works of Firouz FarmanFarmaian. Living part of his life in exile between Paris, Marbella and Marrakech deeply influenced both his creations and his personality. “It is ultimately the circumstances that shape lives,” says the artist, whose work seeks to actively engage in a dialogue with the past. As such, his compositions have lively and spontaneous energy, as well as a deeply symbolic quality, which testifies to a multiplicity of political, artistic and philosophical currents.