Last Friday and Saturday the culmination of a month's work by 10 international artists was on show in Sefrou. Organised by Jess Stephens of Culture Vultures, the artists have been resident as part of the AiR Artisan project
During September, the artists have worked with local artisans to produce artwork ranging from videos to jewellery, embroidery using human hair, to furniture made from recycled garbage.
As well as the open studios at the fondouk, there were two other spaces nearby featuring a video, as well as a small gallery with two contemporary carpets on display, created as part of the project.
The 10 artists involved in the residency hail from a diverse range of countries. They were Catherine Wilson from Australia, who created a video installation; Hidemi Tokutake, a ceramicist from Japan; Camilia Hall, a designer and artist from Australia; Wilhemina Garcia from the Philippines, an interior designer and social entrepreneur; Alexandra Schmidt from the USA, a radio documentary maker who also works with experimental audio art; Sonia Hamza from France, who works with photography and textiles; Ayano Nishimura from Japan, who creates textile installations; Lisa Bornholdt from Germany, who does installations based on interior architecture; Lucia Perluck, from the USA, who does jewellery, and Fatma Gültas from Germany/Turkey, who works with architecture and philosophy to make installations
|Interior designer and social entrepeneur Wilhemina Garcia from the Philippines|
|Wilhemina worked with local youth from the Dar Shabab|
"We collected a mountain of stuff, and then sorted through it," Wilhemina says. They did an analysis of what the rubbish consisted of. It was mostly different kinds of plastic - and created a pie chart - see below. Working with a local artisan, Wilhemina and the young people cleaned the plastic rubbish, then twisted it into twine that was used to create different kinds of seating.
"I hope that Morocco keeps going with these kinds of environmental initiatives," Wihemina says. "They could really use it."
|Analysis of the rubbish which was collected along the river in Sefrou during the project|
|Furniture made with twine from the recycled plastic garbage|
Another artist participating in the project was Ayano Nishimura from Japan. Inspired by traditional Moroccan embroidery, she used her own hair as thread to create a beautiful border along a piece of fabric.
|Ayano Nishimura from Japan|
The next AiR Artisan residency will be held in March. Details on their blog - link below.
|Hamza El Faski entertains the locals|
|Jess Stephens from Culture Vultures, who organised the residency|
See our previous story on AiR Artisan CLICK HERE
For info on AiR Artisan residencies, see the Culture Vultures blog CLICK HERE
Story and photos by Suzanna Clarke