Contemporary Art in the Maghreb: Two Stories

Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Madrid, 10/27/2011 - 01/15/2012

Alcala 42


Historically, the Maghreb has maintained close connections with Europe, in the course of the twentieth century, have increased as a result of colonization and migration. The contemporary art of this region of North Africa is marked with the evolution of a history marked by transitions, fighting and artistic dialogue between the two shores of the Mediterranean, which has given a very particular mark. 

Since the fifties, a first generation of North Africans residing artists, mostly in various European capitals, they return to their home countries after their independence enacted, favoring the emergence of a postcolonial artistic tide anchored in the search for identity. However, entry into the XXI century, art mutates Maghreb important after the emergence of a new trend that benefits from global dynamics based on the interconnection. 

This exhibition brings together work in different formats, 13 artists from Maghreb Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Europe: Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Kader Attia, Fouad Bellamine, Meriem Bouderbala, Mohamed El Baz, Mounir Fatmi, Nicene Kossentini, Mehdi Meddaci, Driss Ouadahi, Chourouk Hriech, Yazid Oulab, Younes Ghelloussi Rahmoun and Karim . 

The show aims to be a sounding board for geographical and cultural correspondences between artists from both sides of the Mediterranean, as well as feed a fascinating dialectic between local and global. Maghreb: two banks is part of a program of activities that the Circle of Fine Arts this fall devoted to the social and cultural life of North Africa , including exhibitions , conferences , film , music and special Radio Circle . 

This exhibition includes work in various formats, of 13 North African artists from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Europe: Nadia Kaabi, Kader Attia, Fouad Bellamine, Meriem Bouderbala, Mohamed El Baz, Mounir Fatmi, Nicene Kossentini, MeddaciMehdi, Driss Ouadahi, Chourouk Hriech, Yazid Oulab, and Karim Younes GhelloussiRahmoun. The show aims to be a sounding board for geographical and culturalcorrespondences between artists from both sides of the Mediterranean, as well asnurturing a passionate dialectic between local and global.

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