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Rabat gets its first Biennale of contemporary art starring only female artists

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From September 10th until December 10th, 2019, Rabat will host its first Biennale dedicated to contemporary artistic creation. An event whose inaugural edition will have the particularity of exhibiting only works by women artists.


60 women artists ( architects, filmmakers, choreographers…) will be invited to start a new story of the world. The Biennale “Un instant avant le monde” is expected to last a few months and then be held every two years. The project is financed by the FNM and private funds.

The French-Algerian architect Abdelkader Damani, current director of the Regional Contemporary Art Fund (FRAC) of Center-Val de Loire in France, and co-curator of the Dakar Biennale in 2014, was appointed a curator of this event.

“The biennale will be centered around a fundamental question: how can artists not change, transform or criticize the world, but rewrite it, remake it from the beginning?”, Explains Abdelkader Damani. This “rewriting of the world” will thus pass through a work of artistic reflection on the senses “to relearn to feel the world”.

“The prospect of rewriting the world with female artists is important in the sense that the history of art has been essentially written from a male point of view. We have therefore chosen to position ourselves very clearly on this issue of inequality in art, “he adds.

Although the list of the artists is yet to be entirely revealed, A. Damani mentioned a few names on a press conference at Mohammed VI Museum. Among them are Etel Adnane, Ghada Amer, DAAR, Tala Hadid, Bouchra Ouizguen and more…

The Biennial of Rabat takes place in different places of the city to create a double and necessary movement: works in the public space offered to the curiosity of the inhabitants and several places of exhibition inviting the visitors to discover the works while “wandering” the cityscapes.

With “the multidisciplinary will, the commitment to its protocol -to invite only female artists- and  the expansion in the city, we hope that this Biennale is an infinite improbability in the world of art in order to change imaginary to hope to transform the reality.” A. Damani concluded.