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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

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