Mohammed Kacimi, human smuggler at MUCEM
#MARSEILLE MUCEM presents until March 3, 2019, an exhibition dedicated to Mohammed Kacimi, painter, innovative and committed artist, instigator and main witness of the globalization of contemporary Arab art
The Mucem has chosen to shed a decisive light on its African period highlighted here (from 1993 to 2003). He was at the height of his work when he died suddenly of hepatitis C. He opens a new, much more personal path, characterized by free, unconstrained and increasingly transdisciplinary expression.It is not a simple exhibition but rather a testimony of a life. Each detour, each nuance has led the artist over the years to express himself differently, to renew himself, to vary his gesture
Mohammed Kacimi (1942-2003) is undoubtedly one of Morocco’s leading post-war artists-plasticians. Now internationally recognized, he has greatly influenced the evolution of the artistic scene in his country, serving as a model for many young Maghreb artists.
The exhibition includes 325 works for this period. Paintings, archival sculptures (manuscripts, texts, drawings, photographs and videos), the scenography reveals the decisive role played by this visual artist. This smuggler will have enabled the new generations of artists from the Arab world to enter a new contemporary world that is nourished by its own cultural roots: “an African transition”.
In March 1997 in Paris, Kacimi wrote this memorable text:
” The African artist is not only the representative, the transmitter of exoticism and ancestral rites that feed the imagination in loss of meaning. The creator in Africa is the giver of his own history with all its complexities, ascendancy, rituals and brilliance. Faced with changes, local and international repression, misery and political aberrations. Faced with the tyranny of every form, including its own tradition. The contemporary African artist is the archaeologist of the succession of time, strata, signs and matter from the time of Belle Lucie (and the discovery of origins) to the present day. A state of being in direct contact with events. Africa is not only a geographical place producing signs, rituals and safaris as it often is in the Western imagination, but also that of death, cultural deforestation, desertification, and manipulation of all kinds. »
How can both humanistic and committed creativity work and participate in the construction of a new Mediterranean imagination?
It is to these questions that Commissioner Nadine Descendre invites us to think. It proposes a journey into the world of Kacimi, where we become witnesses of its evolution, its mutations over time. We attend throughout the rooms and exhibits to this awareness of its Africanness. And we discover an artist with many facets, driven by his inspirations who will never stop questioning himself, renewing himself, even being reborn.
“1993-2003, Kacimi, an African transition”
From 23 November to 3 March 2019
Museum of Civilization of Europe and the Mediterranean
7 Prom. Robert Laffont, 13002 Marseille
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