Postponed exhibition by Mohamed Melehi and the Casablanca Art School Archives to open at Alserkal Avenue in September

Published: 11 August 2020 - 12:06 p.m.
An exhibition of work by Mohamed Melehi and the Casablanca Art School Archives is confirmed for a September date at Alserkal Avenue.

The exhibition at Dubai's creative quarter was due to take place in Concrete gallery in March. However, the global pandemic of COVID-19 kept it on hold until now.

Curated by Zamân Books & Curating and titled 'New Waves,' the event will showcase never before seen artworks and archive material documenting an influential moment in the MEASA region’s art history.

It tells the story of the radical Casablanca Art School, retracing Melehi’s career chronologically, from the 1950s to the 1980s. A major figure of postcolonial Moroccan art and of transnational modernism, Melehi was a painter, photographer, muralist, graphic and urban designer, art teacher, and cultural activist.

This retrospective exhibition brings a pioneering artist’s multi-faceted career to life also explores Melehi’s in-depth engagement with Afro-Berber art and craft.

Originally produced by The Mosaic Rooms in London, where it was shown from until June this year, the exhibition will make its way from Dubai to the MACAAL in Marrakech.

Visits must be booked in advance to Concrete, which was inaugurated in 2017 as the first building in the UAE to be completed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture.

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