Presented by the Prince Claus Foundation as “a visual artist whose work promotes critical reflection on public spaces and citizenship”, Hassan Darsi stands out in this ranking for having “redefined art in the Moroccan context by engaging the general Moroccan public through its exhibitions”.
The Casablanca artist was honored for his commitment to La Source du Lion (1995-2017), which enabled, among other things, the rehabilitation of the Hermitage park. The artist, always involved in the life of his fellow citizens, works as closely as possible to the realities on the ground and has co-built with the inhabitants of Beni Aïssi, in the forest of Benslimane, an agroecological village. “Both individually and with La Source du Lion, Darsi has produced artistic projects that are significant in the history of contemporary art in Morocco,” the foundation points out.
Every two years, the Impact Awards, organized by the Dutch Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, reward six pioneering individuals who engage their own communities with creative works that are relevant, urgent, and inspiring. This year, Hassan Darsi, Moroccan artist, is one of the winners alongside Ailton Krenak (Brazil), María Medrano (Argentina), Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara (Cuba), May al-Ibrashy (Egypt) and Alain Gomis (Senegal).
Note that these six winners were selected from a total of 94 applications, carefully reviewed by an independent jury made up of five cultural professionals before announcing the final selection.
An award ceremony for the Moroccan artist is planned at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam in December 2022.