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Introduction to the
Exhibition Guide

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With the artists, we invented ways for perceiving the works without damaging the building or making the site’s visible and invisible history disappear. The central space was a royal palace built when Marrakech was the Moroccan capital. It then became the home of the French Resident during colonialism. The Palais Bahia is not designated as an exhibition site. It is an historic monument, open to all, that reveals the traditional Moroccan way of life to visitors to Marrakech. We are in a context where the contemporary art museum is not a tradition and where the archiving of artistic practices, or that of images in general, is very fragile. The archives, when they still exist as material and immaterial testimonies, are filtered and oriented in the service of ideology and the powers that control them. The walls only speak if engraved with the traces of life, as painful as they are. The works are all in a position of social, political, and artistic activation. Each work lives its own story in this new relationship to the site of reactivation and exhibition. The themes are contained in the works and are exceptional, distant! In articulating their stories and their desires, the artists speak about the World and becoming. The proposal, which brings artworks together in the same place, illuminates real and symbolic passages like correspondences created between continents and distant geographies. Francis Alÿs and his project, “Don’t cross the bridge before you get to the river” transform the Straits of Gibraltar into a site of contact. Tomas Colaço paints these same Straits to envelope the room of his writer’s bedroom, imagined between Lisbon and Tangiers. The children at the Dar Al-Tifl orphanage and artist Franck Bragigand create a passage between the exhibition site and the place where they live. Younès Rahmoun imagines traces of his Ghorfa in the Rif Mountains and invents an archive as a layer of the work’s production, connecting the site of the work’s experiment with its shared site of exhibition.

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