Journal of Art and Thought



The recently appointed Director of Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Orlando Britto Jinorio, has announced the museum’s new exhibition program, as well as those of the two other art centres under his directorship: CAAM-San Antonio Abad and the San Martín Contemporary Cultural Centre. The programs, as Britto Jinorio said in his presentation, will continue CAAM’s focus on the “tri-continental axis”–the foundational principle of CAAM—highlighting arts and cultural activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe. At the same time, the programs will devote special attention to exploring the works and developments of different generations of artists from the Canary Islands.

Beginning in May 2016 and running until the beginning of 2017, the new program will present Kaleidoscope and Puzzles, an exhibition showcasing a selection of works by Latin American artists from the collection of the Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León (MUSAC). Next, inaugurating the fall season, the museum will premier the presentation in Spain of the works of Algerian artist Zoulikha Bouabdellah (pictured), who has played with cultural dualities and imbalances, as well as cultural fusion and the ability to transcend borders.  At the same time, CAAM will organize a retrospective exhibition of Lola Massieu, one of the main artists of the twentieth century in the Canary Islands, and it will also pay homage to the late Clara Muñoz, one of the most talented critics and curators in Las Palmas, who until recently contributed regularly to Atlántica.

CAAM-San Antonio Abad begins its new program in June with the work of Amira Parree, an Egyptian artist and activist, who reflects on personal conscience, questioning identity and social issues. In September, the centre will be hosting the works of Spanish artist Yolanda Domínguez, who is mostly engaged with social conditions related to gender and consumption.

The San Martín Centre, which features artists from the Canary Islands, will present during summer 2016 a selection of the photographic works of Gran Canaria artist Nacho González, in the context of the 25th anniversary of the Canary Islands International Jazz and More Festival. The Centre will also hold a retrospective of the work of José Rosario Godoy, and will celebrate the centenary of the birth of the Canary Islander writer and artist Pino Ojeda. The San Martín Centre will also organize The Colors of Wine, an exhibition that includes the works of artists Tato Gonçalves y Cristobal Guerra.



MB6 is curated by Reem Fadda, associate curator of Middle Eastern Art for the Abu Dhabi Project at Guggenheim, New York. The curatorial concept of this year’s Biennale is indicated in the designated title for the event: NOT NEW NOW. It aims to provide an intellectual framework uniting multiple arenas of art and culture by viewing them through the lens of the location and history of the city of Marrakech. It builds on a longstanding history of pan-Afro-Arab unity by critically investigating sociopolitical projects, cultural partnerships, and art movements that have given rise to many shared artistic tendencies.

The heritage sites of Marrakech will invoke these moments of intersection through a wealth of site-specific commissions and installations by a group of international artists, especially from Africa, the Arab world, and their diasporas. Performances, displays of archives, film programmes, seminars, lectures, and conferences will provide a dynamic structure that will examine and cement these cultural commonalities and relationships. This is in line with the aspirations of the foundations of the Biennale, as expressed by its president, Amine Kabbaj: “The key to the Biennale’s future success lies partly in the city’s location. We lie on a crossroads between the Western world, the Islamic world, and the African world.”

ARTIST LIST: Talal AFIFI • Tarek ATOUI • Yto BARRADA • Farid BELKAHIA • Omar BERRADA • Dineo Seshee BOPAPE • Ahmed BOUANANI • Touda BOUANANI • Mohamed CHABÂA • Manthia DIAWARA • Melvin EDWARDS • Khalil EL GHRIB • Ali ESSAFI • Sam GILLIAM • David HAMMONS • Mohssin HARRAKI • Sandi HILAL and Alessandro PETTI • Bouchra KHALILI • Salma LAHLOU • Fatima-Zahra LAKRISSA • Al LOVING • Djibril Diop MAMBÉTY • Mohammed MELEHI • Oscar MURILLO • THE OTOLITH GROUP • Sara OUHADDOU • Eric VAN HOVE • Haig AIVAZIAN • El ANATSUI • Isak BERBIC • Saba INNAB • Radhika KHIMJI • Rachid KORAICHI • Jumana MANNA • Ahmed MATER • Megumi MATSUBARA • Radouan MRIZIGA • Fatiha ZEMMOURI • Dana AWARTANI • Mona HATOUM • Mohamed MOURABITI • Khalil RABAH • Adrián VILLAR ROJAS • Kader ATTIA • SUPERFLEX • Khaled MALAS • Rayyane TABET • Naeem MOHAIEMEN