Né à Fès et nourri par son esprit, le jeune artiste peintre Abderrahim El Hassani fait son entrée dans l’univers de la couleur dès son jeune âge. Sa passion pour les arts plastiques s’affirme très tôt, ses premiers dessins datent de 1985. En 2005, il débute une formation à l’Atelier Palette D’or, qui dura quatre ans. Cette formation initiatique a été d’un grand profit pour le jeune peintre. Il découvre le dessin, les croquis, les techniques d’Aquarelles et les peintures à l’huile.
Begoña Parajón Robles
born on 16-09-1990 in The Hague Netherlands.
2008 till 2014 given cycling lessons as a teacher to female immigrant and refugees.
She studied at the Royal Art Academy of Fine Arts 2009-2013.
Artistic project Pizza bicycle; A home- made Pizza Oven on a bike. Out of every drawer came an invention; a Bar out-folded, a stove appear, fresh ingredients and in no-time they could serve pizza’s to more than 50 people.
In 2010 she was manager of an innovative Surf Village F.A.S.T. at Scheveningen. The village was totally built out of shipping containers. She took care over this project, looking after the service of the visitors, coordinating work done by employees and volunteers.
2012 She worked for an event organisation. Responsible for decoration of the ‘Bazar Festival’ 15000 people The Hague.
2012-2013 Living and Working in China, Beijing
2015 A two-month trip by bike. She crossed Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, France and the border of Italy.
2015 Pikala Foundation. Cantal left her life in Holland and started the project Pikala in Marrakech.
is a specialist in international and comparative law, with expertise in international human rights, humanitarian, and criminal law and Islamic law. She has lived in the Middle East North Africa region for six years and has worked and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Courtney has over a decade of experience working internationally with religious, political, legal, and civil society actors, in addition to UN agencies, multi-lateral organizations, and foreign governments.
In 2014, Courtney moved to Morocco and began working as Senior Program Specialist at the Mohamedian League of Religious Scholars (al Rabita al Mohammadiyya lil ‘Ulama’), which provides intellectual leadership on religious matters through a network of sixteen research centers in Morocco. In this role, she assists the Secretary General in research on countering violent extremism. She has also provided strategic guidance for the establishment of its new Center for Research and Training in Interfaith Relations.
Prior to moving to Morocco, Courtney spent four years as the Legal Program Manager at Education Above All, a Qatar-based foundation dedicated to the promotion and protection of education in situations of crisis and conflict. While in that position, she led research, capacity building, and advocacy programs aimed at using international human rights, humanitarian, and criminal law to better protect students, teachers, schools, and universities in conflict areas.
During her time at EAA, Courtney conducted research as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court, convened and briefed members of United Nations human rights bodies, and organized regional meetings with government, civil society, and academic stakeholders.
She also worked with the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack in a lead capacity on an initiative to develop international Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict, which call for armed parties to avoid using educational buildings or making them targets of attack, and which has been endorsed by over fifty states ( see ).
Courtney received her B.S. in Foreign Service and a certificate in Muslim–Christian Understanding from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service; her M.A. in Islamic Studies from McGill University’s Institute of Islamic Studies; and her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice.
Hamza El Fasiki
Hamza El Fasiki is a multidisciplinary artist: Traditional Visual Copper Artist and Traditional Andalusian Musician from Fez, Morocco. He is also Founder of CraftDraft.
I was born in Ukraine and grew up in Morocco. When I was 18, I moved to Canada where I studied photography at the Ottawa School of Art and cinema at the University of Montréal. I also hold a degree in software engineering and a master's degree in political science from the University of Ottawa.
In 2012, I was hired by an advertising agency in Montreal, as the head of the video and photo department. Three years later, I left to settle in Morocco and devote myself exclusively to photography.
Since I've been back to Morocco, my photographic research aims to document the small details of everyday life, which can inform on the general situation of Morocco. My work combines both a keen sense of aesthetics and an interest in sociopolitical questions.
My photos have been published in several magazines such as The Washington Post, Off The Wall, Jeune Afrique, Afrique Magazine, Dyptique and Telquel.
is a British photographer, writer, and educator currently based in Berlin. After completing a BA and MA at University of Westminster he became a reportage and portrait photographer for publications worldwide and represented by Agence VU. For five years he was the deputy editor of 1000 Words contemporary photography magazine and is a regular writer and photographer for the British Journal of Photography. He was a senior lecturer of photography at Nottingham Trent University, a lecturer at Akademia Fotografii in Warsaw and a lectuer at Berliner Technische Kunstschule. teaching documentary, portrait and the history of photography. He is the founder and director of Berlin Foto Kiez. In 2017 The Foriegner (sic), the first photobook of a trilogy, will be published.
Madiha Sebbani Is a contemporary artist working lately on interactive performances between the closed and the open spaces which are basically the public space. The Concept has started with the ambition to share Art with everybody, without any considerations to the knowledge of Art, also non lucrative expression of Art. A performance is first of All an ephemeral moment also a very real connection between the Artist and the public.
Prinz Rudolf zur Lippe
had his first exhibition in 1964 with abstract oil paintings and worked as stage designer and literary editor. After his studies in economics and modern history he presented an advanced thesis with Theodor w. Adorno and was appointed professor of philosophy at several universities until a chair was created for him:“Philosophy of the Forms of Life“. Throughout this period of academic teaching and scientific publications he created a film on Maurice Bejar's work, made collages together with famous artists, curated scientific exhibitions, shown first by Jean Louis Barault, then travelling through Europe and India. Since 2002 he concentrates mainly on his artistic work as a gestural painter, discovering that some of his most outstanding friends in the contemporary art world had become his masters: René Laubiès and Jean Degottex. His own work in gestural painting was first shown in a huge open air installation 2008 in Sarajevo and changed, ever since his first exhibition at Werkstattgalerie Berlin, in tracks of ink on paper, in material, seize, and measure. Different work groups are exhibited since 2010 in Siena, Hamburg, Poznan Biennial, Paris, Berlin, Vilnius, Bologna and Fez.
Prinzessin Ingeborg zu Schleswig-Holstein
studied at the art-academy in Hamburg, she met Andy Warhol 1976 in Düsseldorf and started to work in his „Factory“ in New York . In 1982 she had her exhibition at PS1 and worked together with Alana Heiss. 1984 she moved back to Hamburg where she is still living and working. 2004 the Russian State Museum St. Petersburg have shown a Retrospective followed by a show at the Falkenberg Collection in Hamburg. During her collaboration with Werkstattgalerie Berlin her works where shown in Paris, Vilnius, Klaipeda, she took part together with Pascual Jordan at the St. Petersburg Biennial and recently in Bologna at the Art-Week projekt “Macrocosmi-Patterns of an other Order”. In April 2015 her artworks where shown in Fes /Maroc. At the same time she was co-exhibiting with the Chinese artist Shan Fan in Beijing at the Today Art Museum.
35 ans, licence en langue et littérature allemande en 2004 ,faculté de lettre et science humaine universite sidi Mohammed Ben Abd-Allah Fes, professeur dallemand depuit 2005, depuis 2011 a la ville de Fes,président de l'association marocaine des professeurs d'allemand(AMPA) depuis 2014, trés engagé pour soutenir et renforcer l ‘ apprentissage de l 'allemand et développer l ‘échange culturelle et intellctuell maroco-allemand.
est né en 1972 à Fès au Maroc, il vit et travaille entre Paris et Bordeaux. Artiste pluridisciplinaire, il est titulaire d’un diplôme national supérieur de l’Ecole des Beaux-arts de Bordeaux (DNSEP) et d’un Master en Arts Plastiques à l'Université de Bordeaux Montaigne, il a étudié la photographie à l'Ecole de l'Institut National de l'Audiovisuel de Paris (Ina sup), il a également enseigné les arts plastiques et l’histoire de l’art au collège. Il prépare actuellement sa thèse de doctorat en études cinématographiques et audiovisuelles à l'Ecole Doctorale Montaigne Humanité. Peintre, photographe, vidéaste et performeur aux talents multiples, il cherche à étendre les limites de la peinture avec une œuvre picturale très personnelle qui interroge l'ambiguïté de la représentation. Ses performances questionnent le « vivre ensemble » et confèrent à l’image la fonction d’analyser le monde dans lequel nous vivons. À travers ses vidéos entre tension et équilibre, il fait naître et mourir, il interroge l'imminence de la mort pour comprendre la fragilité de la vie. Son œuvre photographique contient une promesse d’écriture rituelle, une pensée pertinemment décochée au monde, un projet global et critique de la société par l’image en mouvement qui soulève de nombreuses questions : l’histoire, la mémoire, le mal, l’identité, la douleur, le chaos… Il trace de nouvelles frontières, et c'est là tout le sens de son approche artistique et critique. Une oeuvre en forme de confession, chez lui tout est partout toujours en mouvement, rien s’y prête à la fixation, à l’identification encore moins à l’idéologie. Ses oeuvres ont été acquises par plusieurs collectionneurs privés au Maroc et en France.
Neil Vand der Liden
graduated in medicine and law. He curates music, theatre and visual arts projects related to the Middle-East and North-Africa, in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, the Gulf states, Pakistan, Hong Kong and the Netherlands. He was dramaturg at the Rotterdam Municipal Theatre Company and the Holland Festival .and worked as music advisor with Paradiso Amsterdam, the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Beiteddine Festival Lebanon, the Festival of Sacred Music in Fes Morocco, the Abu Dhabi Sounds of Arabia Festival, the Hong Kong Municipality Festival, the Songlines Magazine and the Rough Guide to World Music.
He founded and co-edits the online Gulf Art Guide.
Oh and I mediated for Dutch theatre productions in the Iran Fajr festival and the Mubarak puppet theatre festival and for Middle-East theatre productions with the Holand Festival, the Dutch theatre academy festival and the Dancing on the Edge festival.
And the Cairo International Experimental Theatre Festival
Festival, the Dutch theatre academy festival and the Dancing on the Edge festival.
And the Cairo Internation
international artist residence' Martin Holz ,born in Germany, 1986, living and working in Leipzig, is a visual artist and author. He merges and combines artistic and literacy techniques to do a transdisciplinary spectrum with a special focus on performance art strategies, groupdynamic and intermediality. As initiator of the interdisciplinary symposium "conquering places" , Germany 2014, he worked as a project manager. In 2014 he started working at the project 'PILOTENKUECHE / international artist residence' as a scholar and later, in 2015, he run the project together with Ines Lucines. Basing on this activity he supports artists around the world giving one scholarship to its residents in a period of four months. Martin Holz realized diverse exhibitions, projects and publications. In these activities he iscontinuously working together with other artists, authors and scientists.
Ramia Beladel (°1987, Marrakech, Morocco) is an artist who works in a variety of media. With a conceptual approach, Beladel tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi- layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and believes in the idea of function following form in a work.
Her art works directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these experiences are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. By applying abstraction, she creates intense personal moments linked by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal.
Her works never show the complete structure, the results in the fact that the artist can easily imagine an own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, she tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.
Her works doesn’t reference recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.
is the Director of the Rumi Institute at Near East University in Nicosia. In 2014, he delivered the Robertson-Hastie Lectures at the University of Glasgow. His translation of the Risâletü’n-Nushiyye, a mesnevi composed in the fourteenth century by the Turkish mystic Yunus Emre, will be published next year by I. B. Tauris. He is a regulator contributor to the Mawlana Rumi Review and he has just finished editing its sixth volume. An exhibition catalogue of engravings, lithographs, and photographs of Mevlevi dervishes from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century will be delivered to the publisher in 2018.
Sidi Brahim Khalil Tidjani
Movement Cercle Souffles is a spiritual cultural and social movement dedicated to sufism and the Tijani spiritual path. Created as a intellectual circle gathering religious leaders, researchers, teachers, writers and artists affiliated to the Tijani spiritual path.
Born in 1990, lives and works between Fes and Rabat, Morocco. Graduated from the National Institute of Fine Arts-Tetouan in 2011, Morocco.
Her work has been shown in several exhibitions, including "the Contemporary Art Fair of Africa and the Mediterranean" in Casablanca, “WEG WEG WEG” Film program, Utrecht in Netherlands in 2011; "BLAST" at GVCC, La Galerie Du Crous De Paris - France in 2012; '' NOW!" BIENNALE OFF 4 MARRAKECH and "Diary of a Thief - we steal Because We love" the Sunday Issue Gallery in Tokyo in 2013; "WE DON'T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF" in Tokyo and "LUXURES" at RonchauxRoom in Besançon - France in 2014; "A Matter of Sensuality" at JIKKA in Tokyo and "World Academy” at University of Brera, Museum in MILAN, ‘’Carte Blanche pour Amina Benbouchta’’ at the Espace Expression CDG in Rabat in 2015; "Halal" solo show at Le Cube in Rabat, "An Archive for Disappearing, part 1" at Block House in Tokyo,"The 5th New Talents Biennale" in Cologne, with a live performance ‘’I’m not so innocent anymore’’, ‘’Incarnation’’ performed during the anti-government protest that roiled in Seoul, and “Piggy Bank project” at Seoul Art Space GEUMCHEON - South Korea in 2016.
She has been invited for many artist residencies including, La cité internationale des Arts de Paris, The French Institute of Fez, La Friche Belle de Mai in Marseille, la Biennale de Marrakech 6, The 5th New Talents Biennale of Cologne, Seoul Art Space GEUMCHEON…
Finn Brüggemann & Nuriye Elisabeth Tohermes
Finn Brüggemann (*1988) lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. After his BA studies in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Amsterdam University College he studied at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg with Marjetica Potrč. Since 2011 he realized several community-building projects, amongst others in Serbia, Hamburg, Southafrica and the USA. In 2015 he co-founded Das Archipel, a swimming platform, a community organized public space and a schoolroom for social and political action. He graduated with a Master of fine arts in 2016. He works on the threshold of politics, community and art. His work aims to create forms of collective organization in reaction to local and global crises.
Nuriye Elisabeth Tohermes (*1989) lives and works in Hamburg. She studied fine Arts and social design at HFBK Hamburg. Since 2012 she conceptualizes and realizes participatory and side specific works for example a community organized public space in Soweto, Southafrica; Silent Lunch Discussions in New York, USA for the New Museum or a Conference on collaboration in Tromsø, Norway in cooperation with UniGrowCity. She is one of the co-founders of Das Archipel, a laboratory for self organization in Hamburg.
Dr James Miller
Dr. James Miller is the Executive Director of the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational & Cultural Exchange (MACECE), where he has held responsibilities for the Fulbright Exchange Program since September, 2009.
Miller is a cultural geographer and professor emeritus in the Department of History & Geography at Clemson University in South Carolina, USA.
Miller (M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas) is the author of several works in geography and on Morocco, most notably Imlil (Westview Press), a study of a modernization and change in the High Atlas, and the world regional geography college text, A Question of Place (with Paul Ward English, Wiley Press).
While on leave from Clemson, Miller was the Director of the American Overseas Research Center in Tunisia from 2003-2006. Miller was co-director of the Sijilmasa Project, which excavated the site of the ancient caravan center, Sijilmasa in the Moroccan Sahara, and is co-author of The Last Civilized Place: Sijilmasa and Its Saharan Destiny (2015).
Miller is a native of New York State and lives in Rabat.
2007 I become director of the Theater company Gli Incauti – based in Bologna. I will then leave Gli Incauti to create a more open art collective called Saveria P. also based in Bologna where I was born almost 40 years ago. My mother is from Bologna my father is from Bologna.
1999-2002 I gradute from the Piccolo Teatro drama school In Milan.
2014 I become addicted to video and video edititing and emigrate to Belgium to work with the Collectif Novae based in Brussels.
Caroline Le Méhautè
Gabriel Da Costa
1985 : My parents escape Portugal to live in France, where I’m born the 29th of May. I will wait 18 years after my birth to escape France for Belgium. I follow courses in a drama school.
2009 : Big year. I realise that the world I see is not exactly the world I want to see. I have my first laptop. I discover internet. And sometimes I act, direct, and do some video installations. and I’m about to meet Luca (in 2 years…)
future : I will build something beautiful, meaningfull, free, that will move people all around the world. With no money.
From 2013 we are co-directors of the project The Blink Experiment a large work exploring the world of Images and Identity in our contemporary society. The last work of this project was shown in Brussels 27 oct 27 nov 2016 at LA Bellone – house of performing arts
is an independent cultural programmer and a photographer, lives and works between Tangier & Marrakech.
Actively working in the cultural & creative industry in Morocco since 2010, He collaborated with different projects in different sectors: starting with literature & photography at Librairie les Insolites, bookshop and photo gallery in Tangiers, in visual arts by co-founding a multidisciplinary art residency & cultural riad in Marrakech called Le 18, derb el ferrane. Electronic and independent music by lunching the festival Les Nuits Sonores Tanger in 2013.
He’s latest project is Think Tanger, a cultural program for Tangiers as a city in mutation.
Think Tanger Synopsis
Tangier is witnessing a massive urban change, experiencing both significant economic growth and unprecedented evolution of the artistic and cultural scene.
Think Tanger is a cultural project gathering artists, academic experts & private companies with the aim to build up a creative answer to respond to the major socio-cultural & educative challenges faced by the city today.
Reflect on urbain space by artists, thinkers & citizens and defending the role of art and culture in urbain inclusions and social cohesion are the main goal of Think Tanger.
was born in San Sebastian (Spain) to Moroccan parents and has enjoyed successful careers as a television actress and professional chef in 3-star Michelin restaurants across three countries. She was the first (and only) Moroccan chef ever to work at famed Spanish restaurant, El Bulli, where Ferran Adria extolled her virtues as a chef, stating “Najat Kaanache represents the soul of Morocco through the language of the kitchen. Her passion for creativity and innovation are an exemplary reference for the whole country.”
Najat is the host of AMC Network’s highest rated new cooking series in Spain, "Cocina Marroqui" as well as a new food and travel series, “Sabores”, currently in production in Mexico. She has been prominently featured as CNN’s Woman of the Week and in publications like Vogue Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Milenio, El Universal, Maghreb Arabe Presse, Huffington Post and LA Weekly.
A tireless advocate for women’s rights, Najat strives to inspire women of all ages to achieve their dreams. She is the founder of “Six Ingredients”, a global solutions-based organization centered in the philosophy that every challenge can be overcome by utilizing six main ingredients which are the five chemical senses plus mindfulness. Six Ingredients unites community members through organizing dining summits that generate awareness and empower attendees to become guardians of their community. In 2013, Najat was featured in the celebrated cookbook “Share: The Cookbook that Celebrates Our Common Humanity”, with 100% profits donated to Women for Women International, a non-profit helping women in war-torn countries to rebuild their lives. In 2016 she presented a TED Talk in Marrakesh on “Coexistence of No Existence: The Uniting Power of Food”.
In November of 2016 Najat opened NUR to shine a contemporary light on Moroccan gastronomy, serving local ingredients with a creative touch. The space housing NUR is already world renowned for its magnificent remodel and dramatic design. It has been featured as one of the world’s most beautiful restaurants by Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Bloomberg Business and was just nominated for the 2017 World Luxury Restaurant Awards!
Quotes from Chefs about Najat:
"Najat Kaanache representa el alma de Marruecos a través del lenguaje de la cocina. Su pasión por la creatividad y la innovación debe ser una referencia para este país".
Ferran Adrià, Chef, El Bulli "There could not be a meeting of the Basque Culinary Center without Najat, the best ambassador of the Basque Country, present!" - Andoni Aduriz, Chef, Mugaritz "Najat is a lovely, kind-spirited person, full of inspiring energy and commitment!" - Rene Redzepi, Chef, Noma "I met Chef Najat Kaanache at el Bulli. She emerged from that kitchen as a natural leader, as well as a preeminent and accomplished chef. To be able to identify a chef among chefs in a kitchen of such a high caliber, is truly a reflection upon the talent and skill of the individual as embodied by Chef Kaanache. I was impressed by not only her knowledge, but also her ability to teach and share her knowledge." - Bill Yosses, Executive Pastry Chef, US White House
lives in Rabat, Morocco, where she is conducting research on Moroccan contemporary art and institutions as part of her 2016-17 Fulbright Scholarship. Clager studied Photography and Contemporary Art at the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, D.C., and received her BA in Art History and African Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013, where she received the Undergraduate Prize in Art History for her thesis work and research: Dak’Art Dilemma – Curating Beyond Biennial Politics in Dakar. She was the Assistant Gallery Director of A Gallery Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts, from 2011-2013. Prior to moving to Rabat, she worked at the Friedman, Frank & Abrahamsen law firm in Tallahassee, Florida, for two years in the areas of criminal, civil and constitutional law.
Pascual Jordan is a German artist,curator, and artistic director of Werkstattgalerie Berlin. He organized public exhibitions in Hamburg 2011 and 2013 in two parts with the title „in between“, at Titanikas exhibition hall at the Academy of Arts in Vilnius, "New Abstraction" at Klaipeda Exhibition Hall, in Fes 2014 and 2015 and in Sienna at Fondazione Vacchi. His invention is the art project “Macrocosmi-Patterns of an other Order”, with different exhibitions at public and private spaces during the Art Week in Bologna and Berlin 2015.