Before Our Eyes - Other Cartographies of the Rif
Sous nos yeux (Before Our Eyes) is a curatorial project comprised of several exhibitions, artist residencies, expeditions, encounters and productions.
After the first two parts were exhibited at La Kunsthalle (Mulhouse, France), the third part, presented here at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) as Before Our Eyes. Other Cartographies of the Rif, features artworks newly produced or commissioned by La Kunsthalle or MACBA, in collaboration with L’appartement 22 (Rabat, Morocco). Throughout the evolution of Sous nos yeux, artists from different parts of the world have joined and established a dialogue where the very specific context of the Rif Mountains has become their work’s point of departure, thus contributing new layers to the region’s many complex meanings and dimensions. Before Our Eyes. Other Cartographies of the Rif fills the MACBA exhibition space with onsite productions and documents of expeditions organised by L’appartement 22 in Morocco’s Rif Mountains since 2007.
Sous nos yeux explores the artistic vocabularies of a group of artists identified by curator Abdellah Karroum as the ‘Generation 00’. Used first to refer to artists in Morocco who share a common approach at the turn of the twenty-first century, Karroum’s idea of ‘00’ refers to the concept of a rupture with linear art history. It promotes the dialogue of ‘Art and History’, placing each artistic production within its immediate context and conceiving of each artist as a citizen who questions fundamental ideas such as movement, resistance and freedom in the world. Developed with regard to a specific cultural and social context, the concept of the Generation 00 rapidly became a prism for interpreting projects on different continents, indicating how the issues raised by Karroum’s Generation 00 extend well beyond art spaces and are active beyond territories.
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