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On Focus: Communal Knowledge At Large - Sunday 23 February

1-54 Forum
22 February 2020
La Mamounia & LE 18
Marrakech, Morocco


Sunday 23 February

12:30 - 14:00 - Artist talk: Katia Kameli

Artist Katia Kameli introduces us to her film trilogy, The Algerian Novel, in which she gathers a myriad of images to look at the complex relationships between notions of history and future.


14:30 - 15:30 - Curating as a Collaborative Practice: Dream City

Meeting an urgency to reclaim public spaces confined by officialdom and its institutions, Dream City is a bi-annual contemporary arts festival in the medina of Tunis, Tunisia, that aims to reimagine the city. Co-founder of arts association, L’art Rue, and director of the festival, Sofiane Ouissi and artistic director Jan Goossens, lead a session delving into the festival’s concept and materialisation.


16:00 - 17:30 - Enacting Agencies

Working across geographies, connecting with communities locally, highlighting aspects of craftsmanship or vernacular knowledge. These are some of the defining aspects of projects such as Future Assembly, Caravane Tighmert and QANAT (Kibrit) whose founders Hansi Momodu-Gordon, Carlos Perez Marín and Francesca Masoero respectively will be in a discussion around models and methodologies for community based and peer-to-peer engagement projects.


19:00 - 20:00 - À L’épreuve du Tamis

LE 18 features À L’épreuve du Tamis, a project aiming to explore different approaches to material and immaterial cultural heritage and knowledge within Moroccan contemporary art. Led by curator Fatima-Zahra Lakrissa, the artists participating in the exhibition will debate around an entanglement of concepts and traditions, restaging vernacular understanding and know-how.
We recommend arriving earlier to give yourself the opportunity to visit the exhibition prior to the start of the event at 19:00.

Image: Still from Le Roman Algerian (The Algerian Novel), Katia Kameli. Courtesy the artist.


Katia Kameli is a French-Algerian artist. Following her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, she graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Bourges in 2000. She received a postgraduate degree in New Media in 2003 from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Marseille. Her work has found an audience and gained recognition on the international artistic and cinematographic scene.

Her most recent solo-exhibitions are including: What Language Do You Speak Stranger, The Mosaic Rooms, London (2016); Futur, Artconnexion, Lille (2016); Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York (2014); 7 Acts of Love in 7 days of Boredom, Transpalette, Bourges (2012); Duty Free, Videochroniques, Marseille (2012). She participated in numerous groups shows that include: Cher(e)s Ami(e)s, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); Made in Algeria, Mucem, Marseille (2016); Entry Prohibited to Foreigners,
Havre Magasinet, Boden, Sweden (2015); Where we’re at, Bozar, Bruxelles (2014); Lubumbashi Biennale, Congo (2013); Pour un Monde Durable, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal (2013); Le Pont, Museum of Marseille (2013); Dak’art, Dakar Biennale (2012); Higher Atlas, Marrakech Biennale (2012); Bamako Biennale, Mali (2011). In 2006 and 2011, Kameli directed and produced ‘Bledi in Progress’ and ‘Trans-Maghreb’ video platforms for young filmmakers from Algeria, Marroco and Tunisia in Algiers.

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