The French Institute of Morocco has just communicated on its new cultural selections for the year 2022/2023.
And it is the “Art and Territory” theme that mainly guided them. “Art and Territory represents an invitation to survey, through artistic experience and thought, the vast territories of Franco-Moroccan encounters”, underlines, rightly, Agnès Humruzian, Director General of the French Institute of Morocco. Concretely, new cultural practices will be valued in this way, linking art with Moroccan heritage, material and immaterial, questioning urban development, the appropriation of public space, or even the relationship of the individual to the ‘environment. Starting from there, the new program promises to be rich in projects bringing together several voices of artists, researchers but also daily actors of the local territory, all evolving around architecture, design, music, theater , dance, cinema, visual arts, literature and the debate of ideas. “Investing in public space as a vector for anchoring artistic exchanges”, such is the challenge.
And it is in this perspective that itinerant and nomadic experiences such as the Bibliotobiss will be initiated by the French Institute of Morocco. As designed, this institute on wheels will criss-cross the country to reach young people from rural areas. It will be the same for the camel caravan Kafila, representing a nomadic artistic and scientific residence of 32 days.
The program also features shows in the public space, with in particular the company XY known for its circus show Möbius as well as the company La Migration which will present its show Lieux Dits to the public.
Also on the menu is vertical dancing on heritage facades. This novelty will be realized thanks to the company Retouramont and its dance of the caryatids which will explore the aerial space. Varying the fields of art, Street art and giant mapping will also be fully part of the cultural program with, in particular, Christian Guémy known as C215, who transforms walls into places of humanity, Hydrane LO (H2O) and Charlie Philippon who will produce a giant fresco in Tangier, or video-mapping orchestrated by Jacques-André Dupont with ED Oner and DJ Omary.
“Architecture, design and collective projects will notably be on the agenda with the monumental constructions of Olivier Grossetête, the Khamsa Kuff project or the Design in Residence program allowing young creators to work with the artisans of Tetouan”, explain the persons in charge of the Institute. On a completely different note, Les Rendez-vous de la philosophie will welcome around thirty French and Moroccan philosophers and philosophers of various nationalities, including Jean Christophe Bailly and Jacques Rancière. The Institute will also receive, throughout the year, several recognized figures from the contemporary scene, including actresses Romane Bohringer and Lyna Khoudri, actor, storyteller and director Étienne Minoungou, artistic director and choreographer Taoufiq Izeddiou, photographer Antoine d’Agata, or the author Pascal Rambert.