Mohamed El baz

ARTIST Mohamed El baz

Installation / Photography
Born in 1967, in Ksiba, Morocco
Lives and works in Lille and Casablanca

Born in Ksiba, Morocco in 1967, Mohamed El baz’s artistic practice unfolds as a form of wordplay with reality. The artist questions the notions of borders and territories, belonging and difference, as many labels that create barriers between individuals.

Since the beginning of the 1990s, Mohamed El baz has been developing a major project under the general title of: “Tinkering with the Incurable”. The title is borrowed from one of his favourite authors, the Romanian writer and philosopher Emil Cioran, who in his book, All Gall Is Divided, famously states that, “to be modern is to tinker with the Incurable”. This ambitious project, a truly condensed version of El baz’s artistic approach, unravels like a constantly evolving scenario whose attached works and exhibitions function like many different chapters. The project is made up not only of images and objects, but also of video and sound installations that, each time, are adapted based on the space. It is a device built on thinking in images, conceptually,
placing them, from one attempt to the next, one exhibition to the next, in visual confrontation.

 

Collection

Musée d’Art Moderne, Lille Métropole, France

Musée d’Art Moderne de Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Paris, France

Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France

Palais Royal, Rabat, Morocco

Bank Al-Maghrib, Rabat, Morocco

Major exhibitions

2014

Le Maroc Contemporain, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France.
Curated by Jean-Hubert Martin

2012

Intranquillité, BPS 22, Charleroi, Belgium.
Curated by Charles-Olivier Gohy and Pierre-Olivier Rollin

2011

Bricoler l’incurable. Détails, Netwerk, Centre d’art contemporain, Aalst, Belgium

2010

Sentences On The Banks and Other Activites, Darat Al-Funun, Amman, Jordan.
Curated by Abdellah Karroum

2007

Bricoler l’incurable. Détails, L’appartement 22 , l’Appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco.
Curated by Abdellah Karroum.
Dans la ville et haut-delà, VII Bamako Encounters – Bamako Photography Bienniale, Bamako, Mali.
Curated by Simon Njami

2006

Africa Remix, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Africa Remix, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
Curated by Marie-Laure Bernadac, David Elliot,Jean-Hubert Martin, Simon Njami

Portfolio

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