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OTHMANE OUALLAL 
& ANNA RINZO

 
Ikoyi Island, 2022
Delphine Denereaz

Metal and weaving, laser cutting and weaving
30x40cm

The pair Othmane Ouallal & Anna Rinzo are the winner of our pilot residency Passages in Marrakech, in collaboration with the MACAAL.

Between carpet weaving and rock carvings, two monuments to the memory of the Moroccan territory, they will seek how to testify, document and archive these practices by addressing the questions of their extinction, archiving and transmission. Through a collaboration with a craft in Morocco, the pair will respond to us with the production of a textile work.

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Typologie

Résidence de production

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Durée

4 semaines

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Destination

Marrakesh

AAF Presentation

 

Co-production

MACAAL
FI Morocco

"Rock engravings in Morocco represent an invaluable, but threatened heritage treasure. Located in the open air, they are subject to the vagaries of the climate. Without protection, they are trampled by livestock and by walkers. Coveted by collectors, they are subject to theft and destruction, and often exported.

Similarly, weaving is a fundamental craft of traditional Amazigh cultures. Carpet weaving is a language, guaranteeing the continuity and transmission of culture. Many factors are responsible for its disappearance and deformation. Nevertheless, it continues to pass through time.


On March 10, 2023, we met at the Kafila (residence organized by the IFM and Désert et Montagne). We leave for the desert with many questions about collective memory and our identities. As the days go by, we weave links between our practices and our artistic questions. As we climb a mountain we imagine a possible collaboration.

In May 2023, we meet in Marrakech to develop this project. Anna joins “Tifawin Rug” a carpet weaver cooperative in the Atlas, where she begins to learn traditional Azilal weaving with the help of Fatiha Ait Ouagadir, Zineb Achoubie and several women weavers.

 

This residency will be an opportunity for us to continue and develop this collaboration through practice.

Our project is the realization of a monumental weaving, in which we wish to represent rock engravings. The residence will be entirely dedicated to the conceptualization of this project. Two main axes will emerge, research and formalization.

 

We will take advantage of our collaboration with a weaver to research all the technical and anthropological aspects of this project. Thus we will experiment with several weaving techniques (boucherouite, azilal, kilim), several textile materials (vegetable / animal). We will also report on the rock motifs that we will choose to represent, their provenance (which site), and how to transcribe them in the weave (weave / print / paint / dye).


In a second stage of creation, we will work on the shape of our project by choosing the density of weaving, the colors, the dimensions and the composition of it, in order to present a precise idea of what the piece will look like once carried out. "
 

"Rock engravings in Morocco represent an invaluable, but threatened heritage treasure. Located in the open air, they are subject to the vagaries of the climate. Without protection, they are trampled by livestock and by walkers. Coveted by collectors, they are subject to theft and destruction, and often exported.

Similarly, weaving is a fundamental craft of traditional Amazigh cultures. Carpet weaving is a language, guaranteeing the continuity and transmission of culture. Many factors are responsible for its disappearance and deformation. Nevertheless, it continues to pass through time.


On March 10, 2023, we met at the Kafila (residence organized by the IFM and Désert et Montagne). We leave for the desert with many questions about collective memory and our identities. As the days go by, we weave links between our practices and our artistic questions. As we climb a mountain we imagine a possible collaboration.

In May 2023, we meet in Marrakech to develop this project. Anna joins “Tifawin Rug” a carpet weaver cooperative in the Atlas, where she begins to learn traditional Azilal weaving with the help of Fatiha Ait Ouagadir, Zineb Achoubie and several women weavers.

 

This residency will be an opportunity for us to continue and develop this collaboration through practice.

Our project is the realization of a monumental weaving, in which we wish to represent rock engravings. The residence will be entirely dedicated to the conceptualization of this project. Two main axes will emerge, research and formalization.

 

We will take advantage of our collaboration with a weaver to research all the technical and anthropological aspects of this project. Thus we will experiment with several weaving techniques (boucherouite, azilal, kilim), several textile materials (vegetable / animal). We will also report on the rock motifs that we will choose to represent, their provenance (which site), and how to transcribe them in the weave (weave / print / paint / dye).


In a second stage of creation, we will work on the shape of our project by choosing the density of weaving, the colors, the dimensions and the composition of it, in order to present a precise idea of what the piece will look like once carried out. "
 

© Making of : Salah Charef, Nezha Haddioui,
Ayoub El bardii, Anna Rinzo, Othmane Ouallal
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"Carpet weaving is a language, guaranteeing the continuity and transmission of culture.
Many factors are responsible for its disappearance and deformation. Nevertheless, it continues to pass through time.
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MACAAL

The Museum of Contemporary African Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakech is an independent, non-profit museum of contemporary art. One of the first of its kind on the continent, MACAAL is dedicated to the promotion of African art through the various educational programs and exhibitions it offers and which allow it to cultivate the interest of large public. Through the acquisition and exhibition of works by both established and emerging artists, the museum promotes understanding of contemporary African art and showcases the creative energy and cultural diversity characteristic of the continent.

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The French Institute in Morocco 

Cultural cooperation between France and Morocco is dynamic and is part of a process of support and professionalization of contemporary artistic creation in Morocco.

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