A true initiatory journey where art shakes up reality, the Carte Blanche exhibition at Mahi Binebine invests, from February 18 to April 18, 2022, the Abla Ababou gallery, a space where 11 artists chosen by the pioneering painter give themselves over and make people discover their worlds.
Place of Man in our modern societies, discrimination against women, wild urbanization, reminiscences of childhood, return to sources, feelings of incomprehension, so many themes addressed by 11 young people from the Moroccan artistic scene.
A journey that invites reflection. Between painting, drawing, superposition work, photography, sculpture and installations, the styles differ but the contemporary is in order.
Present at the Abla Ababou Gallery, Thursday February 18, Mahi Binebine through his “Carte Blanche” was surrounded by his foals and said he was proud to be able to shine the spotlight on the future of the Moroccan artistic scene, composed of a majority of women, as he graciously pointed out.
“It’s my carte blanche, I chose the 11 artists, the majority of whom are female. These are people who touch me and it’s always moving to see young people hatch. It is a very varied work there is photography, painting, there is drawing, and a lot of things that we have lost”he pointed out.
According to the painter and writer, it is above all a return to basics and fundamentals. “For a long time, it was all about the setup and the minimal. Through this exhibition, I wanted to go back to basics, to painting, drawing and art as I hear and feel it”he believes.
New artistic scene with poignant messages
A complete artist present on the cultural scene for several decades, Mahi Binebine aspires to highlight those he describes as the next generation and the future.
“My vision today is to highlight young talents, nuggets that the world needs to discover. That’s what makes a country rich.” says the painter.
And the new artistic scene does not hesitate to tackle many themes such as duality and a tormented humanity like Mounia Dadi, a self-taught artist who has conducted studies in New York, in art history and communication before setting up a school of art, dance and music in Marrakech called the Art Academy.
This is for the young woman a return to the front of the stage. “This exhibition has a particular value for me given that I am coming back to the artistic scene a little. I’ve been in the shadows for the past ten years”, she explains.
The central theme of his work is above all the human condition : “The characters are very present in my work and engage in a theater of inner conflict. The theme of duality is very present in my work”. An exhibition that marks “a new breath” and “a new adventure” for the artist.
The art of handling genres and techniques
For her part, Yasmine Hadni, a young visual artist, with inspirations between the figurative and the almost naive abstract, exhibits two canvases which present a good in the past, a particular tribute to her childhood.
“Mahi Binebine allowed me to invite people to discover my universe. My paintings are a tribute to the 7 year old little girl that I was. The themes covered are memory and childhood, time and the evanescence of these memories that I try to paint and sanctify in a certain way”she explains.
The new artistic scene, told by Mahi Binebine, does not hesitate to handle genres and techniques like Noureddine Ouarhim who uses soil and seeds as a testimony to his rural childhood in the Essaouira region.
An omnipresent childhood also with Hasnae Elouarga, Sabrine Lahrach, and Oumayma Souali Abouzid who poetically revisit their memories of little girls.
As for Meriem Ait Tagadirt and Ines El Mansouri, the strength of their work, some on abused women and others on the slums of Rabat, in no way leaves room for dreams.
This exhibition was also marked by the presence of the head of the Israeli mission in Rabat, David Govrin, who came especially to discover the works of young Moroccan artists, thus marking the solidification of the Israeli-Moroccan friendship, after the re-establishment of relations between the two countries.