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Lady Berbère, the Event That Pays Tribute to Craftswomen

Written by FDM

From June 4, the Agafay desert will host an original and humanly strong exhibition at Terre des Étoiles: Lady Berbère. The event which highlights the Zindekh tapestries made by women from the Azilal region pays tribute to these artisans while supporting the Semind association and the education of girls in rural areas.

This unique exhibition was curated by Stéphanie Cassan and collector Nathalie Heller Loufrani in collaboration with the French Institute of Marrakech. It jointly presents the Zindekh tapestries made by women from the Azilal region since the 90s which are works of art in the lineage of the greatest artists as well as the paintings of the self-taught artist Keya who has lived for several years in Marrakech.

This gallery in the desert combines tradition and modernity, art and crafts, the secrets of women, and their daring visions to the world.
These women testify to their experiences, their loneliness, their joy, their delicacy, guided by a story carried by their mothers and grandmothers. Their strength is to have created their own language in which their speech is no longer silenced. An inarticulate and pure language.

The event has a single aim for its founder: “to highlight the work of these Berber ladies, support the SEMIND association and allow the opening of a new home for the start of the school year to support the education of girls in rural areas.”

In the program

Openning  in the Agafay desert, at the Terre des Étoiles lodge, June 4
Report on the women of the Middle Atlas and Zindekhs tapestries staged in the exhibition
Launch of a book  “Berber Lady” which traces the history of this event
Contemporary dance show: choreographic creation Taoufik Izedadou. This show is a creation around the Lady Berbère event. Taoufik Izedadou was inspired by his mother who created rugs and taught him the art of weaving. The Agafay desert evokes for the artist the earth, the return to the sources and the origins of the human being.
Exhibition: Outside the walls, Lady Berbère will be presented at the Palace es Saadi and at the Selman Marrakech from June 3.