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The Marrakech Biennale and beyond

Yassine Balbzioui: Big wheel, photography, performance 2014; © Yassine Balbzioui
Big wheel, photography, performance 2014
© Yassine Balbzioui

Yassine Balbzioui born in 1972 in Morocco, is a multidisciplinary artist who works across many disciplines to produce extravagant, theatrical and energetic performances. He was trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Casablanca (1996), at Art College of Bordeaux (2001) and at the University of Berkeley in California, USA. His artworks explore "being" and "appearing" through the form of masks. For the Marrakech Biennale, Balbzioui has created a new performance entitled Grosse Tête (2014), based on previous works shown in Dakar (2012) and Berlin (2013). The performance lasts between 20 and 25 minutes, during which the artist plasters objects and liquids onto his head, giving rise to a mutant form. Through this the artist aims to bring the audience to a state of despair, as it witnesses the artist in danger of slowly suffocating under his mask. Balbzioui has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including the Biennale Danse l’Afrique, Bamako (2010); the 7th Berlin Biennial, (2010); Galerie Talmart, Paris (2012) and CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux (2013). He lives and works in Paris and Bordeaux.

Saâdane Afif: Souvenir: La leçon de géométrie, Performance, Marrakech, 2014; © Photo: Max Glauner, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Xavier Hufkens, Brüssel und RaebervonStenglin, Zürich
Yassine Balbzioui: Big wheel, photography, performance 2014; © Yassine Balbzioui
Megumi Matsubara: The first colour that disappears in the dark, print, glass, 2014; © Megumi Matsubara
Leila Alaoui: Crossings, videostill, installation, 2013; © Leila Alaoui
Max Boufatal: Serment d'Hippocrate, wire, copper, basket willow, 2014; © Max Boufatal
Clara Meister: Singing Maps and Underlying Melodies; Project and Performance with musicians of Marocco, curated by Clara Meister with S.T.I:F.F. and KamarStudios Morocco, 2014; © Clara Meister