Marrakech Biennale – social issues through the arts

The 6th edition of the Marrakech Biennale, curated by Reem Fadda, will run from 24th February until 8th May 2016. Founded in 2004 by cultural entrepreneur Vanessa Branson to address social issues through the arts, the Marrakech Biennale has become a celebration of creativity in a city that has for centuries been the focus of artistic investigations.

Vanessa Branson: President Founder of the Marrakech Biennale. Photo credit: Leila Alaoui.

Reem Fadda Curator of the 6th edition of the Marrakech Biennale 2016.

Art free of charge

The curatorial concept of MB6 begins with its title Not New Now. It will explore the coalescence of old and new, history and progression, focused on the Now. For the first time, the 2016 Biennale will present its program in public spaces and free of charge. The Biennale will also be in view for the first time over a prolonged period of 11 weeks. Each week the Biennale will present a diverse program of artist talks, performances, and symposiums.

Mohammed Chabâa
Untitled, 1967
Acrylic on canvas
152 x 202 cm (each)
Collection of Société Générale Maroc

Radhika Khimji
Stay Safe, 2011
Canvas, rope and thread
Dimensions variable
©Radhika Khimji

Not New Now

Public heritage sites of Marrakech, such as Palais El Badi and Palais Bahia, will witness a variety of works from installations to site-specific commissions, by a group of international artists, focusing on Africa, the Arab world and its diasporas. Performances, exhibitions, film programs, seminars, lectures, and conferences will take place in over 40 venues. During the Biennale, the entire city embraces a cultural energy; it is a wonderful time to visit the city.

Khaled Malas
Windmill in Arbin, Eastern Ghouta, 2015
Photo: Yaseen al-Bushy

Radouan Mriziga
Live performance
Courtesy of the artist

Radouan Mriziga
Live performance
Courtesy of the artist

Khalil Rabah
Right and Right
Two shoes, shoe size 41, shoe size 43
Courtesy of the artist

Origin Hotels is an official sponsor of the 6th edition of the Marrakech Biennale.

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