From 16th to 30th September, 2018
Venue : Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation
The ‘Flux, reflux et Reflets d’instants tannés de lumière’ exhibition, a Moroccan Ministry of Culture proposal that includes the work of three important artists of contemporary photography: Jaâfar Akil, Thami Benkirane and Mohamed Mali, can be visited at the Fundación Tres Culturas foundation headquarters. The three photographers’ work invites viewers to think about the perception and representation of their pieces and encourages exchanges and dialogues between their audiences and consolidation of ties between Moroccan artists and those from the other shore.
His work has evolved over recent years and now leans towards street photography and focuses on memories in their different forms: personal and family, imaginary and real, individual and collective, intimate space and public space.
Akil is constantly searching for ‘The Photo’ that can best materialise his dreams, the photo that is also the instrument of a fragmented rewriting, focused on the detail, attracted by the hybridity of daily life and that tends, sometimes, to express absence as a trace of visual memory.
Jaâfar Akil comes from Fez. He’s very much involved in promoting photography in Morocco and is President of the Moroccan Association of Photographic Art and Artistic Director of the Rabat Photographic Meets.
His most important works include a photo album entitled ‘Casa – Paris: Déambulations’, created in 2014 as the result of an artists’ residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and an exercise entitled ‘With respect to photography in Morocco’ published by Le Fennec in 2015.
This university professor from Fez specialises in language sciences and experimental phonetics, and is a self-taught artist who demonstrates photography as a visual art linked to literature.
He has a number of exhibitions to his name, both individual and collective, in Morocco and abroad (Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Mali, France, Germany).
Among many other exhibitions, in 1999 he took part as photographer in the ‘Year of Morocco’ in France and in 2014 in the inaugural exhibition of the Mohammed VI Museum of Art modern and contemporary art museum in Rabat. His most recent exhibitions include:
‘Bar code of gravity’ at Fab Lab NegPos in Nîmes, December 2015 – January 2016.
‘Fez et gestes’ at the Festival Arabesque in Montpellier, France, in May 2016.
‘Public space, private space’ at the Rabat Photographic Meets, at the Bab Rouah National Gallery of Rabat in May and June 2017.
‘The drunken light of the book’ at the French Institute in Fez from November 24th to December 31st 2017.
This artist lives and works in Casablanca, and encouraged by his love of photography (his greatest and eternal passion) in 1988 he became one of the founding members of the Moroccan Photographic Art Association (AMAP) which has the main goal of promoting Moroccan photography. The same goal that would later, in 2002, lead to him becoming Chief editor of “News Photo” magazine.
During this period, he multiplied his experiments both in Morocco and abroad, always remaining true to his favourite theme: light.
In fact, this photographer, originally from Figuig, the city of dawn by excellence, is absolutely fascinated by light, a matter he manipulates with great ease and an artistic sensibility of exceptional quality.
In Mali’s work we can also find an unchanging trio of constant features: shapes, spaces and architecture.