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1-54 Marrakech

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, has announced the programme of special projects for its second Marrakech edition, taking place at La Mamounia from 23 to 24 February 2019.

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Cyrus Kabiru, Another Mask, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and SMAC Gallery

Material Insanity at the Museum of Contemporary African Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) will showcase some of the most exciting artists currently working on the continent and its diaspora. The group exhibition questions the usefulness of material things and their inherent symbolic value, highlighting the transformative power of art within consumer societies. From tactile objects, tapestries and installations composed of industrial materials, the works in the exhibition strike a balance between form and meaning, emphasising the importance of the medium itself. Some works examine the multiplicity of contemporary identities with reference to issues such as migration, societal expectations and traditions which, when brought together, expose the traces of each individual journey and history.
     The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech will present the first exhibition of renowned American artist Brice Marden in Marrakech, a city he discovered many years ago and one which he continues to regularly visit and work in. This exhibition brings together more than 60 works, including several never-before-seen pieces produced in Morocco.
     Commissioned by L’Institut Français de Marrakech, Perspective de séduction will be a new site-specific installation by Beirut-based artist Amine El Gotaibi, which will take place across the patio of Dar Moulay Ali. Building on the artist’s series of drawings, Perspective de brebis, this new installation addresses the hierarchical relationship between man and animals, and man and power. In this work, El Gotaibi attempts to free a herd of sheep, which he sees as symbols of the masses and quintessential submission.

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Brice Marden, Helen’s Moroccan Painting, 1979

     To coincide with 1-54 Marrakech, DADA will launch a new exhibition space dedicated to contemporary practices and will present an installation by the Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh, LOS – RAK. Combining sound compositions created from recordings captured in the Marrakech Médina with his Lagos Soundscapes project – an online, live sound streaming from Lagos – the installation develops the artist’s investigation into the history and aural infrastructures of cities. The exhibition presents sounds and visuals from the urban environment, demonstrating Ogboh’s interest in cities as critical places of neoliberal modernity and how sound can capture existential relations, frame our comprehension of the world, and provide a context in which to pose critical questions about immigration, globalisation and post-colonialism.
     With annual editions in London, New York and Marrakech, 1-54 is the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Drawing reference to the 54 countries that constitute the African continent, 1-54 is a sustainable and dynamic platform that is engaged in contemporary dialogue and exchange.
     Initiated by Touria El Glaoui in 2013, the Fair celebrated its sixth consecutive edition in London’s Somerset House in October 2018 and will return to New York for its fifth edition in May 2019, moving to the West Village’s Industria. The Fair was launched in Marrakech, Morocco, in February 2018.

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