1-54 returned to La Mamounia between the 23 – 24 February 2019.
For its second Marrakech edition, 1-54 presented 18 international galleries and the work of over 65 established and emerging artists.
See the second part of our highlights from the fair below>
Officine dell’ImmagineBorn 1980 in Carthage, Tunisia
Lives and works in Tunis, Tunisia and Paris, France
Farah Khelil’s current research revolves around tropes of cultural identity, which she subverts to produce new meaning and representations. Khelil is interested in the relationship between word and image, and more particularly, how reality and fiction are encoded within both forms. She holds a Ph.D in Art and Sciences of Art from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she now lectures. Her recent exhibitions include Mare Medi Terraneum, Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Majorca (2015); Un cabinet de curiosité, Undercurrent Projects, New York; Restitution, Centre d’Arts Plastiques Fernand Léger in Port de Bouc, Martigues (2014) and Point de vue, point d’écoute, Centre Culturel International de Cerisy, Cerisy-la-Salle (2013).
L’Atelier 21Born 1950 in Paris, France
Lives and works between Paris, France and Essaouira, Morocco
Since the 80’s, Mehadji’s work achieves a synthesis between a contemporary art that renews painting and some elements of Islamic art such as the dome, the polygon, the floral, the arabesque or the calligraphy, in favour of new concepts and new forms in which the artist invents her own style. She graduated from the University Paris 1 Sorbonne where she defended a dissertation on Paul Cézanne. She also graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Paris. Since 1985, she is dividing her time between her studio her Paris and Essaouira studios.
Najia Mehadji’s work has been recently exhibited in a retrospective, La trace et le souffle, Museum of Modern Art, Céret; L’invention du geste, L’Atelier 21, Casablanca, and Al Musiqa, Paris Philharmonic, Paris (2018). Mehadji’s work can be found, among others in the permanent collections of L’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Le Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Le Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Museum of Fine Arts, Amman.
Galerie Nathalie ObadiaBorn 1971 in Camden, New Jersey, USA
Lives and works in New York City, USA
Paris/Brussels Mickalene Thomas sublimates a contemporary vision of the African-American woman, which she re-contextualises in staged domestic scenes permeated with the spirit of the 60’s and 70’s. She sets the stage, an environment of paintings, photographs and collages consisting of skilful juxtapositions and materials cleverly gleaned from the Baroque and Rococo, evoking both the ancestry of the models and portraits by 19th century painters such as Ingres, Courbet and Manet, as well as the rise of 20th century painting: Picasso and Matisse at the beginning of the 1900’s and later David Hockney. Her work takes its place in the tradition of important African-American artists like Romare Bearden or Jacob Lawrence, to whom she makes eloquent reference.
Recent solo exhibitions of her works have been held at institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2018), the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2018), the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh (2018) and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2017).
Yossi Milo Gallery
Born 1943 in Nianiagara, Burkina Faso
Lives and works in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Sanlé Sory’s portraits are key documents of the exuberant youth culture in Burkina Faso following the West African nation’s independence from France. Sory opened his studio, Volta Photo, in 1960, the same year his country (then called Upper Volta) began its transition from remote colony to independent nation. He worked as a regional reporter, event photographer and record sleeve illustrator active in the city’s dynamic music scene. In his studio, customers and loyal friends pose with props, costumes, and loosely painted backdrops made available by the artist, depicting such scenes as a leisurely beachside boardwalk or an expansive airplane tarmac.
Sanlé Sory’s photographs have been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Morocco, Burkina Faso, the United Kingdom, and France. The artist’s premiere U.S. solo exhibitions opened at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Gallery in 2018. Photographs by Sanlé are represented in the permanent collections of Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs; Minneapolis Institute of Art; North Carolina Museum of Art; RISD Museum, Providence and the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.
Katharina Maria Raab
Born 1966 in Casablanca, Morocco
Lives and works in Casablanca, Morocco
In her works, Moroccan artist Fatiha Zemmouri is deeply concerned with the exploration of materials, ranging from coal, charred wood to ceramic and porcelain. This focus on materiality offers a visual representation of the various phases of human mutation and the cycle of life. The symbolism of material allows Zemmouri to examine universal concerns related to humanity, to the tragedy inherent to existence and questions related to man’s finitude. Fatiha Zemmouri has been exhibited extensively both in Morocco and abroad. Recent exhibitions include Chant d’état transitoire, La Galerie 38, Casablanca (2017); Vibrations, Artspace Gallery, Dubai (2016) and Elémenterre, Institut Français de Casablanca (2011).