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Marrakech museum unites socially conscious artists from around the globe

The Museum of African Contemporary Art Al-Madeen (MACAAL) in Marrakech has once again masterly united the socially implicated artwork of both emerging and renowned artists from around the world in it’s latest exhibition.

The exposition, titled “Have you seen a horizon lately” after Yoko Ono’s song dives into the politics of “space and time,” inviting its visitors to see and understand the world from varying angles. The artwork, uniting painting, photography, and multimedia takes on the ambitious task of promoting collectivity in the face of disparity.

Diversity in virtue of the artists and their mediums

The selection of artworks presents a wide range of perspectives on questions around the environment, the unequal distribution of wealth and power, the colonization of territories, structures of oppression, as well as fixed and reductive conceptions of identity.

The emerging and established international artists include Yoko Ono herself, representing the United States, Kapwani Kiwanga from Canadian origins living in France, Rahima Gambo hailing from Nigeria and Amina Benbouchta showing for the host country of Morocco.

Othman Lazraq, MACAAL’s president speaks on the particularity of this exhibition. “Have you seen the horizon lately” is far from being the only international shows in his museum, however “this one, in particular, was important as it allows the museum to reinforce its position as a global museum where the dialogue engaged goes beyond the African continent and its diaspora,” he admits pridefully. “We want the artworks to transcend national borders.”

A sensitive look on the environment

Whether their inspiration draws from architecture, urban landscape archaeology or personal history, the work of these contemporary artists resonates strongly with some of the most pressing issues facing the world today.

Published on 3 March 2020