- Yasmina Benabderrahmane’s “Prayer mask”/”masque de prière”
- Portrait of the artist’s Moroccan grandmother.
- Siham Achari Berrada’s “AL Hayek”
- “My aim in doing this project is to pay tribute to Moroccan women by highlighting a traditional dress called ‘AL Hayek’ which is no longer used in Morocco. My inspiration came from a postcard picture dated 1951. I like it a lot since it precisely depicts a woman dressed in her Hayek, which is representative of the identity of Moroccan woman of her time. With visible eyes, covered face and body, it symbolizes feminine, in a time where it was hard to recognize the social class from dressing style.”
- Untitled work by Nike Åkerberg
- Nike Åkerberg (SE) Student at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. http://nikeakerberg.weebly.com/maringlningar.html
- Untitled work by Katja Bjørn
- Leila Alaoui’s “Made in India”
- A selection from a series on India garment factory workers. http://www.leilaalaoui.com
- Hind Bensari’s “Burqanista”
- “Would you be less bothered by the Burqa if it were colorful? Or does its colorful aspect bother you more? So who gets to decide what color the burqa is? How many get to decide on the standardized color? Is it religious in its form or color?”
- Deborah Benzaquen’s “Berberliner”
- “Berberliner is a tribe that existed or could exist, from a berber origin the tribe has been teleported instantly from its natural environment to Tiergarten, Berlin. This work is to show the evolution of their culture under the new Berlin cultural built by blending cultures.” http://deborah-benzaquen.squarespace.com
For the first two weeks of April, the city of Casablanca, Morocco, is transforming into an aesthetic delight. A sprawling museum of sorts is sprouting up around the city in the form of 63 full-size billboards. The billboards feature photography by contemporary female Moroccan and Scandinavian artists as well as work by students from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and the École supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Casablanca, according to Culture Vultures Fez.
Besides being visually arresting, the exhibition aims to raise awareness on issues of gender, identity and race with each artist representing her perspective on tradition or something meaningful to her. It is the first of its kind in the fabled North African city.
The project allows “for a larger audience composed of millions of citizens, car drivers, pedestrians, tram riders, inclusive of all ages and genders, to be exposed to contemporary art,” according to a press release issued by the festival organizers.
The project was kick started by Danish visual artist Hanne Lise Thomsen, and first went public in 2003 in Malmö, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark, before it spread to Ramallah in the Palestinian territories in 2012. Above, see some of the works featured in the festival that caught our eye. And to see all 63 women artists featured, visit the festival’s website here.