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Marrakech Biennale 5: Where are we now?
With the artists: Adriana Lara, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Anne Verhoijsen, Asim Waqif, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Burak Arikan, Can Altay and Asli Altay, Cevdet Erek, Charif Benhelima, Eric Van Hove, Gabriel Lester, Hamid El Kanbouhi, Hamza Halloubi, Hiba, Ghita & Zineb Khamlichi, Hicham Benohoud, Iman Issa, Jelili Atiku, Kader Attia, Katarina Zdjelar, Katinka Bock, Keren Cytter, Khaled Sabsabi, Max Boufathal, Mohamed Arjedal, Mounira Al Solh, Mustapha Akrim, Haassan Kahn, Lili Reynaud Dewar, Pamela Rosenkranz, Patrick Wokmeni, Randa Maroufi, Saadane Afif, Saud Mahjoub, Sandra Niessen, Shezad Dawood, Tala Madani, Wafae Ahalouch el Keriasti, Walid Raad, Yassine Balbzioui, Younes Rahmoun, Saout Radio (Younes Baba-Ali en Anna Raimondo).
The Biennale’s Visual & Sound Arts exhibition explores the relationship between the place of Marrakech and the now of the contemporary, contemporary art practice, and contemporary Morocco through artworks that reflect on the personal and collective, the historical and the fictional.
'Singing Maps and Underlying Melodies'. curator Clara Meister in coop with S.T.I.F.F and Kamarstudio. With Moroccan Musicians.
Sound-installation FREQ_OUT 10 and performances at Thèatre Royal with JG Thirlwell, Franz Pomassl, Maia Urstad, Mike Harding, Brandon LaBelle, BJ Nilsen, Christine Ödlund, Kent Tankred, Jacob Kirkegaard, Tommi Grönlund / Petteri Nisunen, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Kamarstudios, Leif Elggren, leif e. boman.
Highlights of 2014, Jennifer Higgie / Frieze Magazine on the Marrakech Biennale 5
"Cars again: the ambition and invention of Eric van Hove’s V12 Laraki (2013) – a series of sculptures recreating the Mercedes-Benz V12 engine used in Morocco’s first luxury car, and handcrafted by 42 Moroccan artisans in ceramic, bone, tin, goatskin, and terracotta – has stayed with me since I saw it at the 5th Marrakech Biennale in March. Curated by the Dutch-Moroccan curator Hicham Khalidi and held in multiple venues across the town, this important show included the work of 43 artists either from Morocco, or with strong links to the region. It was aptly titled ‘Where are we now?’ a question that emerged from Khalidi’s experiences as a migrant. Among much strong work, the non-profit African Fabbers project was particularly inspiring: it’s a social innovation initiative based on the idea of bridging the African and the European makers communities through workshops, collaborative projects and talks."