In the Carpet | Über den Teppich

Amina Agueznay: Draa ala draa, variations on a Menchar motive, 2016; wool, 50 x 50 cm; © Amina Agueznay, courtesy of the artist
Amina Agueznay: Draa ala draa, variations on a Menchar motive, 2016; wool, 50 x 50 cm; © Amina Agueznay, courtesy of the artist

Amina Agueznay’s (*1963, Casablanca) work is shaped by her interdisciplinary approach to the materials of textiles. Before she returned to her home country of Morocco in 1997, she had worked for eight years as an architect in the USA. Her works are produced together with Moroccan artisans and refer to traditional patterns. In this, her production process and artistic approach are both directly in the tradition of the work of the artist Sheila Hicks. Most of her textiles installations feature both an architectural approach and ornamental structures, like the zigzag motif that she has taken from traditional carpets from the region of Tiflet. In her individual interpretations of traditional motifs and craft techniques, Agueznay sets up a dialogue between heritage and contemporary perspectives – quite in line with the ideas of the “Casablanca School”. The members of this movement aimed to reinterpret Morocco’s artistic heritage, and to emancipate and democratise this know-how.

2016
3ankabouth, Société Générale Maroc, Casablanca 

2013
Carte Blanche à Mehdi Qotbi: Histoire De Trames, Espace Expressions CDG, Rabat 

Amina Agueznay: Draa ala draa, variations on a Menchar motive, 2016; wool, 50 x 50 cm;  © Amina Agueznay, courtesy of the artist
Anonymous: Zemmour, Middle Atlas, about 1940, wool and cotton, 175 x 111 cm; © Rabii Alouani Bibi collection
Taysir Batniji: Hannoun, 1972-2009; performance / installation, crayon chippings; colour photograph / inkjet print on paper, 150 x 100 cm; designed and realised at the ‘Palestine c/o Venice’ exhibition at the 53th Venice Biennial, 2009; © courtesy of
Anni Albers: Black White Grey, 1927; tapestry, silk and cotton, 155 x 120 cm; Neues Museum Nuremberg; © on loan from the city of nuremberg, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, © (Anni Albers) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, photo: Neues Museum Nuremberg (A.
Saâdane Afif: La Leçon de géométrie: the motive (C3_p002) / prototype, 2015; knotted wool, 134 x 200 cm, carbon print on paper, on sandwich panel, 119 x 86 cm; © courtesy of the artist, photo: V. Tomaschko
Mosta Maftah: Feu en Océan, 1979; wool, silk threads, cotton, 85 x 160 cm © courtesy of the artist and Thinkart
Mohammed Melehi: untitled, 1936; acrylic on canvas, 153 x 127 cm; © courtesy of the artist; © (Mohammed Melehi) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Gunta Stölzl: Draft with Two-Ply Fabric, draft 1926; wool, 77 x 303 cm, limited edition; © courtesy of the ifa, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie
Yto Barrada: untitled (realised in cooperation with the Darnas weaving workshop for women), 2014; hand-woven wool, 172 x 195 cm; © courtesy of the artist and the Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg / Beirut
Sheila Hicks: prayer rug, 1974, wool, 221 x 121,9 x 8,3 cm; © courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
Ida Kerkovius: Landscape, about 1927; hand-woven carpet, 125 x 135; © on loan from the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie
Rudolf Lutz: tapestry, draft 1918; wool, ca. 93 x 80 cm; © courtesy of the ifa, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie