February 8th, 2019 – March 31st, 2019 | Opening Reception: Thursday, February 7 @ 6:00-8:00 p.m.
855 Commonwealth Avenue
Tuesday–Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m.
Looking Out, Looking In: Contemporary Artists from Morocco brings together seven diverse Moroccan photographers and videographers for the first time. Each works in a unique style and comes from a different background, but what links them is their exploration of how seeing is not always equated with knowing. They recognize that the process of looking is a political act and seek to emphasize the ambiguity of meaning contained within the visual. Some artists consider how Moroccan society is looked at by outsiders and confront the historical biases inherent in the colonial gaze. Others imagine a world without borders, making sense of the boundaries that divide nation-states. Some consider aspects of Moroccan culture hidden from public view due to political oppression. Each uses their art to contemplate the moral and emotional experiences of looking in at oneself in response to looking out at the complex social issues that impact Morocco today.
Artists: Hassan Darsi, Wiame Haddad, Hassan Hajjaj, Randa Maroufi, Safaa Mazirh, Lamia Naji, Nour Eddine Tilsaghani
The exhibition is curated by Cynthia Becker, Associate Professor of African Art, Boston University Department of History of Art and Architecture and Nadia Sabri, Professor of Art History and curator, Faculty of Education Sciences, University of Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco.
The exhibition is co-sponsored with Boston University’s African Studies Center, the BU Arts Initiative, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations, and the Department of History of Art & Architecture.
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 6:00p
“Looking at Morocco from Inside and Outside”
A panel discussion between curators Cynthia Becker (Boston University) and Nadia Sabri (University of Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco), who will be joined by participating artist Randa Maroufi. Maroufi will screen her video “Ceuta’s Gate,” that confronts the complexity of border crossings between Morocco and Ceuta, a Spanish autonomous enclave on the northern coast of Africa.