Marrakech Art Biennale: Higher Atlas

As the fourth edition of the Marrakech Art Biennale closed on Sunday, the international contemporary five-day arts festival hosted a myriad of cultural events between the 29 February to 4 of March in the Moroccan cultural capital- ranging from talks on literature, film screenings, theatre, music and art exhibitions.

Entitled Surrender, this year’s trilingual (English, French and Arabic) biennale hosted a presentation by Scottish director Kevin MacDonald premiering his new film on Bob Marley, a literature talk entitled Are you Modern and popular TV show actor from The Wire, Dominic West, speaking at the ESAV film school. One of the main events at the biennale is the visual arts exhibition Higher Atlas, open to the public until the beginning of June. Spanning across five venues, exhibition spaces include the gardens of a 12-century mosque, a downtown bank and a small village on the outskirts of the city. 37 contemporary artists from around the world have been invited to create site-specific art for the biennale, including sculptural and architectural installations. Curated by Nadim Samman and Cason Chan, artists exhibiting include Jon Nash, Aleksandra Domanovic and Alexander Ponomarev.

Curators-  Nadim Samman and Cason Chan

The artwork exhibited at Higher Atlas is broad and varied; Berlin-based Domanovic’s work includes an ex-Yugoslavian monument against fascism symbolizing a raised fist (painted bright pink). Jon Nash, a London-based artist explores the fascination with the ‘burnout subculture’ of Morocco, where young men post videos of themselves doing burnouts with their cars on YouTube. Russian artist Alexander Ponomarev’s work includes an apparently crashing life-sized helicopter. A fascinating look into contemporary culture, the Marrakech Biennale is the perfect place to discover upcoming creative talent and ponder progressive ideas in visual and performing arts.– Anna Jacobsen

The Blue of the Distance- Joe Clark

Koutoubia- Finnbogi Petursson

Aleksandra Domanovic

Jon Nash

Aggravation – Alexander Ponomarev

Marrakech Art Biennale

Higher Atlas is on to the 3d of June 2012 around various venues in Marrakech


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