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Launching of the exhibition "Landless Bodies"

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco to Australia and the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre of Liverpool launched, on the 6th of October 2018, the exhibition "Landless Bodies".

This exhibition, initiated by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, shed lights on the artworks of 4 Moroccan female Artists: Safae Erruas, Batoul S'himi, Fatima Mazmouz and Fatima Kileen.

The Ambassador of HM the King to Australia, Mr. Karim MEDREK inaugurated officially the exhibition and gave an overwhelming speech on this occasion.

Mr.MEDREK highlighted that the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco accompanies this artistic initiative featuring Moroccan artists since it contributes to the process of " drawing, designing and bulding cultural bridges" between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Commonwealth of Australia.

In this regard, he emphasized the importance of this vibrant showcase of female identity that transcends geographical boundaries. According to him, it comes at a good moment after a year of active intercultural exchange between the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Canberra and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre which began by the visit of the Director of the National Foundation of Museums in Morocco, Mr.Mehdi Qotbi.

The Ambassador seized this occasion to highlight the most important phases in the history of Arts in Morocco and recalled that it is inspired from a mixture between indigenous Berber traditions with Arab, Jewish, Andalusian, and other Mediterranean influences.

Mr. MEDREK noted that Morocco’s artistic scene has been marked by the touch of many great artists and especially painters such as Jilali Gharbaoui, Farid Belkahia, Ahmed Cherkaoui, Hassan El Glaoui, Chaibia Talal, Mounir Fatmi and others.

Besides, the Ambassador underlined that "Landless Bodies" constitutes an opportunity to highlight the univeral features of Arts which transcends geographical, historical or social boundaries.

For his part, the Director of the Casula Powerhouse Art Center (CPAC), Mr. Craig Donarski recalled that the "partnership with the Moroccan Embassy in Canberra further strengthens the role of Casula Powerhouse as a hub of arts and culture, not only locally but globally. "

Besides, the Curator of the Casula Powehouse Arts Centre, Mrs. Lizzy Marshall noted that the idea of this exhibition arose following her visit to Morocco, organized in December 2017 by the Embassy of Morocco to Australia.

She pointed out, in this respect, that she has been impressed by the Moroccan Museums and Galleries as well as by the similarties of artistic concerns between Morocco and Australia.

According to her, the artists participating in this event have reflected, through their magnificient artworks, that art is landless.

In this event, Safaa Erruas presented her 
stark white works pierced with needles and other metallic objects evoke silent wounds while Batoul S’himi presented her exquisitely-carved gas canisters representing the explosive pressures on modern women.

"Landless Bodies" features equally Fatima Mazmouz, whose work questions identity, the body, language, and dialogue, as well as Fatima Killeen, an outstanding Moroccan artist, based in Canberra, whose found object installations dissect war and peace created a new series responding to the exhibition themes.

The launching of this exhibition has also been marked by the screening of a video about " the Kingdom of Morocco and its vibrant artistic life".