For this summer’s lab, Le Cube invites Hanane El Farissi, a young multidisciplinary artist, graduated from the National Institute of Fine Arts, in Tetouan and from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre, in Brussels.
In her work, Hanane El Farissi tackles problematic related to memory and the construction of the individual, by making her body the central element of her artistic practice. Her projects lead us to question our identities and our histories, in the context of ever evaluating societies.
Hence, for “Corps, Espace-temps et Mémoire” (2013), El Farissi has imagined a series of performances during which the artist crumples, then irons, tears, then sews, moistens and burns her self-portrait. In the same dynamic, she has realized in 2014 “Destruction / Construction”, a performance which consists of breaking the mirror reflecting her body, with sandstone stone, a material commonly used in the foundations of buildings.
With these propositions, El Farissi exhibits literally and metaphorically, the apparent necessity to break her representations to be able to build new ones.
By deconstructing perpetually her image and by probing her past, by confronting her doubts and exposing her confusions, the artist proposes a desacralization of the Being and invites each one to a reappropriation of oneself. Her work can thus be read as a call to self-empowerment.
Since the year 2008, Hanane El Farissi has taken parts in numerous exhibitions and symposiums, both nationally and internationally. Notably, she was invited in 2011 to an artist residency in the Open Air Museum of Drena and participated the same year in group exhibitions at La Galleria Pall Mall of London and at the Lofthouse Gallery of Wessobrunn. In 2012, the artist took part at the Symposium of Sculpture at the AFAG International Fair in Augsburg and exhibited in 2013 at the Castel de Drena Gallery.
In 2014, she presented her work at Le Cube – independent art room in Rabat, as part of the evening performance and took part in a collective exhibition at the Mohammed VI Museum in Rabat.
The projects produced by the artists during her residency are presented at Le Cube in an open studio.