The idea for this project emerged during the very first lockdown, in 2020, when the vision of the streets of Marrakech, deserted by the curfew, served as a trigger and inspiration for the photographer and artist Nour Eddine Tilsaghani.
Against the striking impression of a ghost town, and in the continuity of the sharing of experiences in the workshop with the group of “Mamans Douées” (Gifted Moms), Tilsaghani invites his friend and collaborator Mohamed Semaa in search of something else, by making himself the “Eye” of Gifted Moms.
This complementary set is accompanied by a sound design and a video, forming a multimedia device where flashbacks and projections of a city mood probably more alive than ever are juxtaposed.
Like the Marrakech Évanescents Places project (Dar Bellarj, 2019), and the approach of the Dar Bellarj Foundation more broadly, Marrakech Lockdown has a double artistic and documentary value. The body of this work stands as one of the active memories of a great change, to which we are only just beginning to add meaning.
These shots would not have been possible without the commitment of Maha Elmadi, Director of the Dar Bellarj Foundation, and the support of the Wilaya of Marrakech.
Marrakech Lockdown. Exhibition of panoramic photographs in black and white, sound and video. By Nour Eddine Tilsaghani and Mohamed Semaa. From November 6, 2021 to October 31, 2022 at the Dar Bellarj Foundation. Opening on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 5.30 p.m.
Fondation pour la culture
9 Toualat Zaouiat Lahdar, opposite the Medersa Ben Youssef.