Thomas Fillitz – “Pratiques artistiques africaines et contemporanéité ”
Thomas Fillitz contemplates the African religious beliefs and the use of magic in African artistic practices for the purpose of showing that these elements are included in the production processes of vernacular modernity. First, he discusses three Beninese and Ivorian artists who have explored beliefs as a subject. Then, to end his talk, he presents his reflection on the Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Dak’art, and on the fact that artistic practices have shifted their attention to other images of contemporaneity.
Monique Jeudy-Ballini – “Art et appropriation culturelles contestées”
Controversies continue to raise nowadays about the artistic use that individuals or groups make of material goods (artefacts) and immaterial goods (dances, music) of a foreign origin. Assimilated to spoliations, these contested “cultural appropriations” are perceived as a form of neocolonialism and their denunciation connotes identity, political, legal and ethical aspects.
The conference is followed by interactions with the public.
This evening is part of Attokoussy, a project of art and research that opens spaces of reflection and expression in regard to the rituals and beliefs in Morocco. Orally transmitted, those practices constitute a rich intangible heritage and are constantly operating within the collective unconscious.
Through a residency, a series of exhibitions and a rich program, Attokoussy invites us to forge links between stories, narratives of the past and the present, to reveal the complexity of the relationships between what is shown and what is hidden, what is said and what is unsaid.
Attokoussy is a project initiated by Le Cube – independent art room, in collaboration with Hinterland gallery, in partnership with La Maison Denise Masson, Institut Français de Marrakech and the Centere Jacques Berque, supported by the Ministry of Culture of Morocco, the Embassy of Austria in Morocco and Le Pietri Urban Hotel.
With the participation of Zainab Andalibe, Mohammed Laouli, Leila Sadel, Abdessamad El Montassir, Vooria Aria and Michal Glikson and Maria Seifert.