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Renowed photographer Touhami Ennadre honored by French ambassador in the old Medina of Casablanca

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Artist-photographer Touhami Ennadre has organized a ceremony on Thursday, July 26th in his workshop in the old Medina of Casablanca. He was honored by His Excellency the Ambassador of France Jean-François Girault with the orders of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

The artist of international renown, Touhami Ennadre was honored at his birth place, the old Medina of Casablanca in a ceremony with the presence of many personalities of the Art and cultures realm.  During this event, Ennadre has also presented the project of Maison de la Photographie which will be designed by the famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando, in the medina of Casablanca.

Why the medina of Casablanca? Because simply it’s where Ennadre spent his early childhood in his work as an artist. “The medina shaped me and prepared me to become a photographer. It taught me to see and illuminate what I had in front of me, here is the plastic origin of my approach.”He said in a statement. “In the city that saw my birth, I want to donate my material and my forty years of photographic archives.”

In 2013, Touhami Ennadre met Tadao Ando in Osaka. After many exchanges, the Japanese architect among the greatest in the world, got enthusiastic about the project and accepted to draw a design for his Maison de la Photographie.

Touhami Ennadre was born in the old Medina of Casablanca. He then grew up in La Courneuve, a suburb of Paris, in a difficult environment. He did not have much choice: to become delinquent or sporty. But a gift from his mom had saved him: a camera that has opened his artistic life internationally.  He has already exhibited in the most prestigious institutions, such as the Guggenheim Museum and Moma PS1 of New York, Jewish Museum of New York, Documenta 11 of Kassel, the House European Commission photography in Paris, the Tate Gallery in Liverpool, the Villa Stuck in Munich, the Martin Gropius Museum in Berlin, the Biennials in Sharjah and Shanghai …

Touhami Ennadre is also the author of the photographe gifted to Barack Obama by the the King Mohammed VI in 2011 for the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks against World Trade Center. It was a work of art that is both symbolic and evocative of his Majesty’s taste for contemporary art and creative expressions.