Curator: Amit Hai Cohen
Participating Artists: Ines Abergel | Lazar Makhluf Al Mahdi | ARTSI MOUS | Shlomi Asulin | Amina Azreg | Hicham Benohoud | Marcelle Tehila Biton | Aniam Leah Dery | Mohamed El Baz | Shlomi Elkabetz. Mohammed El Mourid | Izza Genini | David Guedj | Jack Jano | Chama Mechtaly | Mohamed Mourabiti |Fatima Zohra Serri | Ismael Zaidy
In 2011, the Kingdom of Morocco adopted a new constitution. For the first time, this sovereign Muslim state acknowledged and officially recognized that Moroccan culture is “nourished and enriched by its African, Andalusian, Hebraic and Mediterranean influences.” Moroccan Jewry and its Hebraic culture are recognized for the prominent role they play in the formation of contemporary Moroccan society. The exhibition Ziara explores the Hebraic foundations at the heart of Moroccan culture and their current manifestations in contemporary Moroccan art and fashion. It highlights the unique status of Moroccan art that extends along and cuts across religious and traditional ideologies, generating a reciprocal relationship between Israel and Morocco. Over the last few years, we have witnessed an awakened interest in Morocco by Jews of Moroccan descent. In the past, Moroccan Jews looked to Jerusalem for the sacred. Today, many of them are returning to Morocco in their search for sanctity: discovering their roots by visiting important sites and seeking the wisdom of their spiritual leaders. In parallel, Moroccan Muslims are articulating their yearning for Jewish culture, language, and tradition, and demanding the reestablishment of Jewish institutions in Morocco. Artists and fashion designers of all religions are drawing inspiration for their contemporary work from memories of Jewish-Moroccan visuals, thus creating a deep, rich and colorful language. Ziara presents a surprisingly updated selection of Moroccan art and challenges preconceived notions of what Moroccan art has to offer. With a meticulous survey of the last decade, the show exposes the vibrancy of Moghrabi traditions. Ziara confronts the conservativism that caused Moroccan art to stagnate and suppressed attempts for renewal. Blurring conventional boundaries, this exhibition displays a typical Moroccan approach that opposes unneeded categorization, blurring the boundaries between entertainment and culture, art and craft, rabbinical writings and YouTube channels, and maybe most importantly, Jewish and Muslim cultures.
Jerusalem International YMCA
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