Black Art(ist) Residency

Afrinova X Museum Rietberg
An artist residency program created in partnership with Museum Rietberg.
The 5-month long program forms a part of the exhibition
Look Closer – African Art in the Hans Himmelheber archives’.
Swiss-based contemporary artists, Titilayo Adebayo, Cherry-Ann Davis and Teddy Pratt will provide a new perspective on the sociocritical and decolonial topics introduced through the collection and archives.

Working across multiple disciplines artists will contribute to the museum's ongoing discourse that is concerned with redefining and exploring concepts to which African art is understood.
The `Look Closer` exhibition deconstructs the colonial archive to ask questions like:
“How does knowledge about the production of art in Africa come about? What do words like “art” and “artist” actually mean? What is the role of African agents and perspectives in the production of this knowledge?”

Artists will engage directly with Museum Rietberg’s team of researchers, practitioners and artists. Following this, they will host a joint exhibition on 10 June 2023 that responds to some of these questions.

See the Exhibition Program HERE

Joël Andrianomearisoa - MACAAL


OUR LAND JUST LIKE A DREAM exhibition by Malagasy artist Joël Andrianomearisoa, curated by Meriem Berrada.

In the museum's first monographic exhibition, Joël transformed the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden with an intimate immersive experience.

Working in collaboration with Moroccan artists and traditional artisans, the exhibition is Joël’s interpretation of the country’s rich heritage and a tribute to handcraft.

A visual conversation of different mediums that takes us into various states of the artist's creative process, to exploring how emotions can be evoked using raw material.


Yassine Balbzioui Solo Exhibition - CHARADES


Yassine Balbzioui (B.1972) gives us the art of play in his solo exhibition at MCC Gallery.

The show titled CHARADES is both a process and an experiment that shares playful and absurd imagery that lies on “ the borders that paradoxically separate fictional reality and oniric truth”.

In this liminal space between fact and fantasy, Yassine captures different aspects of human animality through curious comical scenes.

CHARADES is on show at MCC Gallery, Marrakech till 25.02.2023

Mo Baala - La Terre est bleue comme une Orange


Some impressions from the solo show by Moroccan Pluridisciplinary artist Mo Baala (B.1986) at Galerie 127.

La Terre est bleue comme une Orange (The Earth is Blue as an Orange)

Mo whose “sources of inspiration are as eclectic as the form his work takes” creates works ranging from sculpture, painting, collage and street art.

Artworks from the show depict the imaginings and conversations on objects, nature and pop culture, often pointing us to the irrational ways in which the world and our understanding of it is structured.

Mo’s works will be on show with Galerie d’art L'Atelier 21 during the 1-54 Marrakech Art Fair taking place from 9-12.02.2023.

The Global Contemporary African Diaspora Art Renaissance Series

The Diaspora Digital News art series curated by Ludlow E. Bailey highlights some of the pivotal ways that contemporary African art is influencing the renaissance of visual art & culture in the diasporic art scene.

Through the editorial feature with Diaspora Digital News Ludlow, managing director of CADA (Contemporary Africa Diaspora Art) introduces the profiles of contemporary artists who are using their art to share new narratives throughout the continent.

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