In Marrakech, 1-54 art fair presents “DaDa”22.02.2019
Place Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakech#art
As part of the second edition of the 1-54 fair specialized in contemporary African art, hosted in Marrakech between February 20th-24th, a brand new space opened its doors in the heart of the Medina. DaDa revealed itself to be a laboratory of artistic experimentation hidden within Marrakech’s historical center. The venue, still under construction, featured three site-specific commissions by the artists Mohamed El Baz, Mo Baala and Emeka Ogboh, whose works question our relationship to history and to the environment. Visitors—which included Agnes b. and Jack Lang—engaged in a unique sensory experience. The first piece, “LOS – RAK,” was an installation by Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh, which used sounds recorded right in the Medina. The Moroccan artist Mo Baala plunged the visitor into a dreamlike journey with the works “The Entrance” and “The Cosmic Kiss.” Moroccan artist Mohamed El Baz presented a permanent installation designed for the space, which in turn gave it its name: a light installation that spells out the word “DaDa” in French and in Arabic using the colors of the Moroccan flag.
Photos and video : Michaël Huard