Al Araby TV Network Interviews curator Madiha Sebbani about 'YMA (Young Moroccan Artists)' Group ExhibitionPRESS May 22, 2019
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Al Araby TV Network Interviews curator Madiha Sebbani about 'YMA (Young Moroccan Artists)' Group Exhibition
Aired Live on Al Araby TV Network - 20 May 2019, 17:00 GMT
The YMA is a travelling group exhibition that represents young Moroccan artists working in different media and concepts that are inspired by their own unique environments. The exhibition commences at the Sulger-Buel Gallery in London in May 2019 with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in the United Kingdom and will then be transported to the KFW-DEG Bank in Cologne in June 2019 as part of their cultural program which had invited Morocco as the feature country this year.
The exhibition aims at fostering a young Moroccan contemporary art scene through a multidisciplinary exhibition of artists from the same generation. The goal of the exhibition is to showcase young creative talent and the artist's sensibilities as both African and global citizens.
Georgina Maxim mentioned by The Art Newspaper: "Venice Biennale 2019: the must-see pavilions around the city'PRESS May 13, 2019
The Art Newspaper - REVIEW - VENICE BIENNALE 2019
Venice Biennale 2019: the must-see pavilions around the city
By Julia Michalska, Hannah McGivern, Ben Luke, Eddy Frankel and Tim Cornwell POSTED 10 May 2019, 17:49 BST
An indoor beach, Mongolian throat singing and ceramic vaginas-where to go beyond the Arsenale and Giardini
Soko Risina Musoro, Neville Starling, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Georgina Maxim, Cosmos Shiridzinomwa
Venue: Istituto Provinciale per l'Infanzia, Santa Maria Della Pieta
The theme of the Zimbabwean Pavilion is the corrosion of family life as economic and political pressures force a growing number of people to live estranged lives abroad. Dominating the space are show-stopping paintings by UK-based Kudzanai-Violet Hwami. At 26, Hwami is one of the youngest artists in the Biennale but is already a rising star (she will have her first institutional show at London's Gasworks this autumn). Her work reflects the challenges of diasporic life and the loneliness that accompanies the separation from the native land. Another artist, Georgina Maxim uses handed-down items of clothing to pay tribute to the role that relatives can play in the fortunes of an individual.
Middle East Monitor features 'YMA (Young Moroccan Artists)' curated by Madiha SebbaniPRESS May 8, 2019
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While Europe looks at Moroccan art, Moroccan art looks at Africa
By Naima Morelli POSTED 07 May 2019 at 4:50pm
Art institutions all around the world are paying increasing attention to emerging Moroccan artists.
Today more than ever Morocco is at the centre of political and economic interests. It's not surprising, then, that art institutions all around the world are paying increasing attention to emerging Moroccan artists. These contemporary practitioners are indeed moving in the footstep of a boundless cultural tradition, while also incorporating the fears, hopes and desires for the future of the whole country.
European galleries in particular are not missing the opportunity to let these artists take over their spaces. Enter the Young Moroccan Artists, a group of young talents identified recently by London's Sulger-Buel Gallery through their new exhibition. The show aims to foster a young, contemporary Moroccan art scene displaying the work of artists from the same generation. Working in different media and concepts, their practices are closely tied to their environment, which is at one both peculiarly African and global. A demonstration of Europe's interest in Morocco is that while the exhibition starts in London this month, it will then be transported to the KFW-DEG Bank in Cologne in June as part of its cultural programme, which has Morocco as the featured country this year.
Contemporary And (C&) features 'Georgina Maxim: When Patience Becomes Artistic Currency'PRESS May 2, 2019
Contemporary And (C&) - VENICE 2019
Georgina Maxim: When Patience Becomes Artistic Currency
By Martha Kazungu POSTED 2 May 2019
Zimbabwean Artist Georgina Maxim’s artistic career is soaring exponentially. She was accepted for a master’s degree at Bayreuth University. Then she was nominated, with two other artists, for the prestigious Henrike Grohs Art Award. And now she has been named as one of the four artists whose work will be shown at the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. With Ugandan curator Martha Kazungu, she speaks about the patience her stitch art requires, about an artistic haven in Harare, and about the biennale.
Georgina Maxim’s personality and work can be a beautiful mesh, and her energy is always captured in her tapestries. She transforms used and found garments belonging to close relatives and friends into gigantic stories of stitches, memory, and healing. Like a painter using brushstrokes, Maxim avoids using a machine to sew and represent her impulses: She perceives stitches and hand movements as her unique mode of expression.
Art'nBox feature Mohamed Saïd Chair ahead of DESSIN(19)PRESS March 26, 2019
MOHAMED SAÏD CHAIR: DRAWING IN ACTION
By Elora Weill-Engerer
Hemingway dreamed of a contest for the best writer fisted on. So why not a cartoonist fight on a ring? Presented by the Sulger-Buel Gallery of London at the seventh edition of DDESSIN , Mohamed Saïd Chair exhibits a series of gray shades. Produced in the graphite mine, these figurative and satirical works are devoted to the ecosystem of boxers, this athletic universe of contemporary gentlemen clubs where they live.
A gym, empty. The design is structured by the horizontal and vertical lines of the poles, ropes of the ring, punching bags, heavy in the evacuated space. Everything seems hygienic and honest. Open on the outside, the platform gives no possibility to dissimulation and the circle. Yet, in many ways, this calm Olympian does not deceive: a beast slumbers inevitably. Proof of this is the strong underlying narrativity. The stability of the bag contains in power all the possibilities of its setting in motion: straight-punch, uppercut, overhand-punch or hook-punch. The fight will begin, or just concluded. Miss the only protagonists. In these environments, the gray shades of Mohamed Saïd Cher reflect the play of lights on things. Everything shines to welcome the scuffle. And what a presence! Listen, you'll see the thin lace-up shoes on the glossy floor.
Bubblegum Club features 'What is South Africa, even? Vol 2'PRESS February 27, 2019
BUBBLEGUM CLUB - ART & CULTURE
'What is South Africa, even? Vol 2.' // exploring history and nationhood
By Christa Dee
"One of the things I am trying to do with this project is reflect on what it means to be part of this nation, especially one that has so much growing up to do. Considering that ideas of the nation in the past have relied heavily on exclusion, and South Africa's difficulty in coming to terms with the end of colonialism and apartheid, the aim is to try and bring new light to the circumstances that influence our sense of belonging here. I also want to write our history - we know that there are many gaps and that the experiences of everyday people are not always present in historical narratives, the exhibition serves as a way to think through 'historical loss' and also serves as a way to include. The project is really about inclusion."
Hi-Fructose Magazine Feature Slimen El KamelPRESS February 23, 2019
The Multilayered Paintings of Slimen El Kamel
By Andy Smith
Slimen El Kamel’s transcendent paintings are informed by both memory and folklore. The Tunisia artist uses acrylics, embroidery, and other media to craft these multilayered works, each inviting the viewer to unpack his crowded visions. His painting have been said to question “social constraints and the absurdity of violence.”
“His more recent work considers the links between the human body and everyday consumable objects,” Sulger-Buel Gallery says. “El Kamel considers the ways in which virtual and lived reality hinge upon visual and auditory channels of communication. Through figurative, symbolic and abstract forms he creates at once a narrative unfolding on the canvas and a subtle critique of the effects of mass culture on traditional ways of life.”
Plataforma de Arte Contemporáneo features Mohamed Saïd ChairPRESS February 12, 2019
PLATAFORMA DE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO
Mohamed Saïd Chair at The Nomad Creative Projects
By Séverine Grosjean
Mohamed Saïd Chair is a young Moroccan painter whose work is characterized by the characters "put in a box". In fact, it was during a walk in 2015 that he was first attracted to the cardboard boxes children wear on their faces. The echo of this famous expression "put someone in a box" evokes a state of immobility rather than that of movement. A person is put in a box, frozen and cannot move. Actually, this is used as a metaphor to talk about someone who can not replicate or cope. It is also a reference of the need to classify a certain "normality", a homogeneous reality.
Mohamed Saïd Chair covers the heads of his characters with a cardboard box and manages to capture ordinary scenes of life that reflect human decadence. On the cardboard that replaces the canvas, "a perverse social order produces individuals of the same level, instead of real people with disparate characters". These characters are icons of consumption and "massive conditioning".
SABC News interview provides insight into 'What is South Africa even? Vol 2'PRESS February 15, 2019YOUTUBE - SABC DIGITAL NEWS
What is South Africa even? Vol 2, explores the notion of a country coming to terms with itself as a diverse and complex society. The exhibition aims to reflect on the outdated philosophies of the nation. It features work by Jasmin Valcarcel, Thina Dube, Ronald Muchatuta, Vivien Kohler, Neo Gilder, Andrew Ntshabele and Simphiwe Buthelezi. The exhibition asks what South Africa signifies, for those living in the country in terms of our shared experiences as human beings.
Featured by Obatala as one of "9 contemporary African art exhibitions not to miss in London"Press January 29, 2019
An Arty start to 2019: 9 Contemporary African Art exhibitions not to miss in London
The consistent, upward trajectory of the African Art market shows no signs of abating. If anything, 2019 is promising to be yet again another record-breaking year after an extraordinary 2018.
Despite the dynamism of African cities such as Lagos and Cape Town, London where the leading Contemporary African Art fair 1:54 was launched in 2013, remains for now, one of the most important cities within that segment of the art market.
This year is off to a flying start with a lineup of exciting African Art exhibitions. They are showcasing the vibrant African art scene along with the wide variety of styles and preoccupations of artists hailing from the continent and its diaspora.
Take your diaries out; here are 9 contemporary African art shows not to miss.
Modern Ghana features 'Disarticulations'PRESS January 11, 2019
Wilfred Clarke shares his enthusiasm for 'Disarticulations', a two-person exhibition featuring Mohamed Said Chair & Jean David Nkot which opens on Tuesday 15 January 2019 at Sulger-Buel Gallery.