Marrakech Biennale 2016 edition - Not New Now
The Marrakech Biennale is a non-profit association, whose main purpose is to position Marrakech as the primary platform for contemporary art in the Middle East, Africa and Mediterranean region. The location is both geographically and culturally ideal, with outdoor exhibitions serenading in and outside of the cosmopolitan city of Marrakech. National agencies, local businesses, collectives, galleries, foundations and His Majesty King Mohammed VI all welcome the more than 100,000 visitors expected this year for the 6th Edition of the Biennale.
The event will take place from February 24, 2016 - May 8, 2016. These 11 weeks will energise the city and export the artists’ talents to a continuous stream of visitors from over 30 countries as well as regions of Morocco, all of whom will patronise local businesses and stimulate the local economy. The 2016 edition will provide free admission to its visitors for the first time in order to promote the idea of art for everyone, gaining a wider audience and accessibility for all.
The Not New Now, is the main exhibition curated by Reem Fadda, showcasing in various historical sites in Marrakech. According to Fadd ¨If the New, as a cultural and material trope, is bound to the future, and if history is anchored to the past, how and when are we left to emphasise the Now? The surmounting political urgencies, the tremors of the earth - the growing wasteland, the vestiges of materials, human remains, and boats in shores and art alike - the calls for responsibility and ecology could all be heard beckoning for this shift of time focus. This is the time for a heightened civic awareness that requires action and responsiveness¨. Marrakech embodies both the buzzing heart of Africa and the Arab world. Not New Now looks at the legacies of decolonisation, in addition to its failures, as one of the origins that inspired contemporary art to embrace incendiarism, criticality and radicalism. The Biennale's premises also builds on the intangible, longstanding history of Pan Afro Arab and Afro-Asian unity, through critically investigating socio-political projects, cultural partnerships, intellectual provocations and art movements that have led to many shared artistic tendencies.
The Biennale will invest in major urban world heritage sites in the medina of Marrakech such as the Badii Palace, the Bahia Palace, Dar Si Said, the Menara Pavilion, Khalid Art Gallery etc. to accommodate the artworks and projects of fifty international artists.