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Introduction to the
Exhibition Guide

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Batoul S’Himi explodes the limits between kitchen and museum and proposes an art that invents its own vocabulary and perhaps contributes to a social revolution. The question, in one word, “Freedom?” is not an exception. It is the necessary condition for beginning any discussion when we are in a state of exception at the political level. The supposed state and statute of exception should not be valid against freedom of expression. “Freedom?” engages the responsibility of each to ask questions when faced with situations established in order to propose other possibilities for a specific ecology of being in the world. Art is a possible territory for experimenting with critical language. It is necessary to rethink co-existence with nature and its resources. But it is also fundamental to confront our cultural practices in an environmental and alert way. On the African continent and notably in Morocco, we are experiencing important political and social mutations. Art is a domain that develops expressions that speak about the world. It is urgent to connect these things, places, and expressions. This exhibition project proposes to show artworks and to interrogate the correspondences between their original context of appearance and their references. The artwork takes shape in a space of visibility. Its origin and perspective often push beyond its context of physical emergence. This storyboard is a memoir of this “exceptional” moment in the launching of the Exhibition and the activation of the artworks.

(Translated from the French by Emma Chubb)

(1) The Palais Bahia is an historic monument constructed at the end of the nineteenth century at the moment when Marrakech was still the political capital of Morocco. This palace was also the residence of General Lyautey, the head of the French colonial army in Morocco.
(2) The access to the Musée de Marrakech was blocked after the failure of negotiations between AiM and the direction of this private museum.
(3) This idea of the “Aller/Retour” is developed in curatorial research and projects. See:

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