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Curatorial Intensive Marrakech 2015

May 19 – 25, 2015

Marrakech, Morocco
Dar al-Ma’mûn

Marrakech, Morocco

Independent Curators International (ICI), in collaboration with Dar al-Ma’mûn, presents the inaugural Curatorial Intensive in Marrakech, Morocco.

Following ICI’s Curatorial Intensive in Addis Ababa with the Zoma Contemporary Art Center (ZCAC) in 2014 and Johannesburg with The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in 2013, ICI continues to support curatorial training in Africa and develop regional networks with the Curatorial Intensive in Marrakech. The program focuses on the cultural landscape of West Africa and the Maghreb while also exploring the role of curators working for local and international audiences.

For program information in French, please click HERE. For program information in Arabic, please click HERE.

Jeff Ajueshi

Jeff Ometite Ajueshi is a gallery owner in Abuja, Nigeria.

Robyn-Leigh Cedras

Robyn-Leigh Cedras is the Director at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa.

Wafa Gabsi

Born in Tunisia, Wafa Gabsi studied Fine Art in Tunis and recently receive her PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Paris, Pantheon La Sorbonne.

Inês Grosso

Inês Grosso is a Portuguese writer and curator based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Fatima-Zahra Lakrissa

Born and raised in Morocco, Fatima Lakrissa received her BA in fashion design at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh

Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh is a curator and critic based in Kumasi, Ghana.

Evelyn Owen

Evelyn Owen is a writer and curator based in New York City.

Ilhan Ozan

Ilhan Ozan is a curator and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh.

Shahana Rajani

Shahana Rajani is an artist and curator based in Karachi.

Ipek Ulusoy

Ipek Ulusoy is an independent curator and writer currently based in Dubai.

Cliford Zulu

Cliford Zulu is Director of the Centre for Contemporary Arts Bulawayo.

Salma Lahlou

Graduated both in curatorial studies and law, Salma Lahlou worked as the vice-president of the National Museums Foundation of Morocco, she founded Thinkart in the fields of visual arts and curatorial practices in January 2015.

Rosa Lleó

Rosa Lleó is a curator and writer based in Barcelona. She is founder and director of the small-scale organization The Green Parrot.

Renaud Proch

Renaud Proch is Independent Curators International (ICI)’s Executive & Artistic Director.

Bisi Silva

Bisi Silva was the Founder/Director of the Center for Contemporary Art CCA, Lagos, Nigeria, and Àsìkò, the innovative, itinerant art school held across Africa in cities including Lagos, Accra, Dakar, Maputo and Addis Ababa. 

María del Carmen Carrión

María del Carmen Carrión is an independent curator and art critic from Quito, who received an MA from the Curatorial Practice Program at California College of the Arts, in San Francisco, and taught at Universidad Católica in Quito.

Omar Berrada

Omar Berrada co-directs Dar al-Ma’mûn in Marrakech.

Hassan Darsi

Hassan Darsi’s artistic practice is strongly infused with his experiences, his daily life, and his environment, which manifests in his process, through multiple mediums and often in the form of participatory projects.

Mohamed Rachdi

Artist, art critic, curator and scholar, Mohamed Rachdi has curated numerous exhibitions and published contributions and books on contemporary art.

Shuddhabrata Sengupta

Shuddhabrata Sengupta is an artist and curator with the Raqs Media Collective, Delhi.

Florence Renault-Darsi

Florence Renault-Darsi is an art historian and curator.

About Dar al-Ma’mûn
Dar al-Ma’mûn is an arts center located in a rural area on the outskirts of Marrakech. For four years, it has developed residencies for artists, writers, and researchers, as well as publishing initiatives and translation programs in the fields of art and literature. Dar al-Ma’mûn has a multilingual lending library that is free and open to all, seven days a week. It organizes public programs, as well as educational activities with children and adults from the neighboring villages. Dar al-Ma’mûn is sponsored by the Fellah Hotel.

The Curatorial Intensive was made possible in part by grants from the Hartfield Foundation; and by generous contributions from Toby Devan Lewis, the ICI Board of Trustees, the ICI Leadership Fund for Africa, the ICI Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, and the supporters of ICI's Access Fund.