There was a private viewing yesterday themed « Inspirations Africaines » at the Galerie H. The space dedicated to handcrafts and design housed the expo for five Moroccan and Sub Saharan designers : Soukeina Hachem, Mehdi Khessouane, Hamed Ouattara, Rabi Sisbane and Ulrich Zouanda. Multiculturalism at its finest, combining craftsmen’s skills and designer’s contemporary influences, the pieces of Art exposed conveyed the utmost of what these African talents have to offer. Roots, legacy, and the beauty of their surroundings transmitted to their artwork.
I’m always humbled to see art expressions in any form. I won’t ever feel blasé or give judgements about anything that someone created from their bare hands. I can understand all the hard work that goes under and probably frustration that artists feel before they give life to what they exactly envisioned in their minds. Also I just don’t like being a critic. I can not like something but that doesn’t mean that I necessarily have to voice it. Perception is subjective, different people have different taste , so to voice something negative about something’s work is not something I can get behind, ever. Excuse my slight digression but I just had to say it.
Like I already said on Instagram, I completely fell for Soukeina Hachem’s clean cut lines in her living room proposition. I love the juxtaposition of modern and traditional woodwork, and I adore the Amazigh touch in the fabrics, rugs and throws. It’s a beautiful work of art coming together in a simple yet timeless living room.
The other living room exposed was Mehdi Khessouane’s. A dive into the overly creative mind of a very sharp dressed gentleman. I loved the contrast between his composed persona and his hectic, round shaped, colorful creations. Or he’s usually just like his creations and was composed for the press and cameras. I’ll have to dig into that. Anyway as soon as I set foot in the first floor, I was taken aback by the chair sitting proudly at the center of it. A cluster of intertwined cushions going in and out of a rather large wooden chair, a beautiful mess that felt like a cloud. You even have a longer arm cushion to put around you when you’re sitting. Artsy boyfriend chair. The trend’s definitely catching. Blue and orange are widely known as complementary, and they happen to work perfectly well with a dash of beige that drains them both out in the most fitting way in Mehdi’s living room.
I’ve also loved to talk with Bouchra Boudoua about her world of ceramics. Plates, bowls, vases, trays, pots amongst other things, Bouchra work hand in hand with craftsmen from Marrakech to achieve the creations she has in mind. Creations based on the simplicity of clay, the pureness and untouched give the material ultimately possess, that allow her to paint simple lines to make everyday objects become beautiful ways to brighten your home. She made a line with African graphics in honor of the exposition, and I will definitely have to come back to cop some home candy. I love my place and I love adding little touches to my interior. Sue me.
There were also these cute little tarbouches exposed, price range varying from 260 dhs to 400 dhs. There’s about 15 different models and I had the hugest crush on a sequin tarbouche (not pictured). It’s probably the one costing 400 dhs; I know myself.
Gorgeous exposition and quite a sight for sore Casawi eyes. You won’t regret the detour.
Galerie H : Right entrance at the Atlanta Building on Boulevard d’Anfa (right next to Palace d’Anfa)