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A poetical and philosophical cartography artwork for the Biennale of Casablanca

25 November 2020
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BIC-Biennale International of Casablanca

The founder and curator of the Casablanca Biennale, Mostapha Romli, and the V. Contemporary Gallery in Paris, asked us to participate in the BIC-Casablanca Biennale, and to create an artwork that will be : first exhibited at the Biennale, and then installed permanently on the wall of the city.

The project is thought of as a large poetical and philosophical map of Casablanca. It is composed of the monumental inscription of a poem by Ahmed Bouanani.


Vois tu?
Nous avons d’abord bâti dans le sable,
Le vent a emporté le sable.
Puis nous avons bâti dans le roc,
La foudre a brisé le roc.
Il faut maintenant qu’on pense sérieusement
à bâtir dans l’homme



First we built in the sand,
The wind blew the sand away.
Then we built in the rock,
Lightning shattered the rock.
Now we have to seriously think
to be built in the human


The large text is followed by quotes written in Arab, French and English by philosophers like  Averroès, an anonymous iranien of the  Xth century, Bertolt Brecht, le Roi Ludwig de Bavière, Abdelmajid Benjelloun, Bergson, Confucius, Mahmoud Darwich, Gilles Deleuze, Erasme, Gandhi, Mohammed Khaïr Eddine, Faulkner, Martin Luther King, Lao Tseu, Abdelkébir Khatibi, Paul Klee, Carl von Linné,  Abdellatif Laâbi, Nietzsche,Picasso, Rabelais Jaläl ud Rumi,  Jean Paul Sartre, Oscar Wilde, Wittgenstein.

The artwork will be hand painted with Fès Blue on local white ceramics by artist Françoise Schein and local artisans at the Ifitry Residence in Essaouira and transported at the Biennale of Casablanca.


V Contemporary Gallery, Paris
Fondation Ifitry


Biennale Internationale d’Art Contemporain de Casablanca
Private donors
CAC- Centre d’Art Contemporain Ifitry