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A tribute to women at the first Rabat Art Biennale

The inaugural edition of the Rabat Art Biennale will be feminist or will not be. The curator of the event Abdelkader Damani wants the main exhibition to present only women’s work, a way to pay a “debt” to women.

The first Rabat Art Biennale begins on 24 September. It will be committed to highlighting only the work of artists or women’s collectives. An initiative defended by the Algerian art historian Abdelkader Damani, curator of the exhibition.

A panel of female and international artists

Among the 64 participants, we find the Palestinian Mouna Hatoum and the Egyptian Ghada Amer, the former known for her multimedia installations that often deal with subjects such as exile, the latter rather for her embroideries that evoke desire and femininity


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Especially for the occasion, award-winning director Tala Hadid will unveil her new film. Other works exclusively for women will also be on display, such as the drawings of the architect Zaha Hadid, or the poetry and painting of the Lebanese Etel Adnan. 

Men are still welcome

Of course, this is only the main exhibition, and male artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their works on the margins of it, like the Moroccan Mohamed El Baz. The Biennale will take place in various artistic landmarks in the city, such as the Mohammed VI Museum of Contemporary Art and Fort Rottembourg. 

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Published on 22 August 2019