“A home without art is a home without soul.” These words were spoken to Nadia Echiguer by her grandfather and are the inspiration behind her passion for Moroccan Fine Art.
We got Nadia to give us an insight into her love of Moroccan fine art and tell us about some of the artists she represents.
In 2007 when I moved to London, and started a family, I recalled my grandfather’s words and decorated our home with art works given by family. Friends used to visit our home and were intrigued by our collection of paintings, this encouraged me to offer the pieces of art for sale and our home is now an exciting secret gallery. The main aim of Moroccan Fine Art is to make pieces available to a wider audience both in the UK and internationally.
Image: Casablanca in the 1950s – Wikipedia
After the independence in 1956, a generation of painters marked a turning point in the history of Moroccan painting. They had been through a deep cultural and artistic identity in the post-colonial period in order to give a fresh blood to the Moroccan art scene.
Those artists were Farid Belkahia, Mohammed Chebâa, Mohamed Melehi, Ahmed Cherkaoui and Jilali Gharbaoui. They all aimed to show that art could be done without losing the Moroccan identity. As Moroccans, we are on the outskirts of several civilizations (Amazigh, Arab-Muslim, Jewish, West) and therefore we do not have to choose between one of them, but we are all at once.
Recent years have shown that the Moroccan art market is developing very well. Indeed there is a growing number of very diverse Moroccan contemporary artists, based in Morocco and abroad. A number of them are well known in the contemporary art market among them we can find Mounir Fatmi, Yto Berrada, Hassan Hajjaj
Image: Mounir Fatmi pic by Tama Leaver via Flickr
Mounir Fatmi lives between Tangier and Morocco, his work deals with the desecration of religious objects, deconstruction and the end of dogmas and ideologies. His videos, installations, drawings, paintings and sculptures bring to light our doubts, fears and desires. They directly address the current events of our world, and speak to those whose lives are affected by specific events and reveals its structure.
Yto Berrada lives in Tangier, she describes the static and transitory life of her hometown, the border city facing Europe across the Strait of Gibraltar. Her photographs capture a city tortured by dreams very different from those in tourist brochures, where thousands of immigrants attempt to make the illegal and perilous journey across the Strait.
Moroccan Fine Art represents a portfolio of artists. For example Mustapha Amnaine whose works explore the odyssey of dreams and aspirations – his paintings inspired by ancient Moroccan myths. Anna Allworthy, originally from Kent, who travels to Morocco extensively which influences her paintings, describes Morocco as one of the most beautiful, interesting and diverse countries she has ever been to. Larbi Cherkaoui paints powerful abstractions that emphasize the Arabic script.
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