Attended by Japan’s ambassador Shinozuka Takashi to Morocco and Clélia Chevrier Kolačko, the executive director of the French Institut of Morocco, the “Spirit of the letter” exhibition is dedicated to the mystery of the letter, emerging as a motif that is both spiritual and plastic.
A graduate in visual arts, Larbi Cherkaoui is also a laureate of the Regional Pedagogical Center of the city of Marrakech. Originally a calligrapher, Larbi Cherkaoui has kept his passion for this art intact, even when he experimented with new, resolutely contemporary materials. The skin is the artist’s favored medium. Some of his recent works are presented as puzzles or even small rectangles covered with skin, which the artist dyes with henna to create compositions where entangled letters impose presence.
The artist’s work has been praised by art critics including Jean-François Clément, who wrote: “Larbi Cherkaoui is a past master in the art of mixing genres. He accumulates experiences and constantly increases his mastery of techniques. There is an inner necessity that pushes him to evolve, to never use the same concepts.” He added,”The calligrapher can never be overwhelmed by the words he writes. He always retains freedom that is expressed through the gesture when it begins to distance itself from its only mechanical memory to transform itself into a creative memory.”
Spirit of the letter: Exhibition to be discovered until March 12, 2021 at the L’Atelier 21 art gallery.