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Can & Aslı Altay, Burak Arıkan, Cevdet Erek

Marrakech Biennale, 5th edition

The Marrakech Biennale, asking "Where Are We Now?," draws a new mapping with Marrakech at its center, revealing and analyzing multiple axes of influence. 

Four artists from Turkey are invited to the 5th edition of the Marrakech Biennale (26 February–31 March 2014); Can & Aslı Altay, Burak Arıkan and Cevdet Erek. The exhibition features the work “An Archipelago from the Mediterranean” by Can & Aslı Altay,  “Monovacation” by Burak Arikan and “Courtyard Ornamentation with Sounding Dots and a Prison” by Cevdet Erek. SAHA has provided support for the production of new works by the artists.

The Marrakech Biennale, asking "Where Are We Now?," draws a new mapping with Marrakech at its center, revealing and analyzing multiple axes of influence. Can and Aslı Altay were inspired by the complexities and layerdness of the city of Marrakech. They have created an architectural structure accompanied by published material. Cevdet Erek has focussed his research around the traditional buildings of the city and developed a sonic installation. Burak Arikan presents “Monovacation”, a film work generated by custom-made computer programming comprising of 20 official tourism TV commercials randomly selected out of 144 countries.
43 artists have been invited to the exhibition curated by Hicham Khalidi.

Participating Artists
Adriana Lara, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Anne Verhoijsen, Asim Waqif, Burak Arikan, Can & Aslı Altay, Cevdet Erek, Charif Benhelima, Éric Van Hove, Gabriel Lester, Ghita Khamlichi, Hamid el Kanbouhi, Hamza Halloubi, Hassaan Kahn & Ibtesam Gazder, Hiba Khamlichi, Hicham Benohoud, Iman Issa, Jelili Atiku, JG Thirlwell, Kader Attia, Katarina Zdjelar, Katinka Bock, Keren Cytter, Khaled Sabsabi, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Max Boufathal, Mohamed Arejdal, Mounira Al Solh, Mustapha Akrim, Pamela Rosenkranz, Patrick Wokmeni, Randa Maroufi, Saâdane Afif, Sandra Niessen, Saout Radio (Younes Baba-Ali & Anna Raimondo), Saud Mahjoub, Shezad Dawood, Tala Madani, Wafae Ahalouch el Keriasti, Walid Raad, Yassine Balbzioui, Younes Rahmoun and Zaynab Khamlichi.

About Marrakech Biennale

The five weeks of the Marrakech Biennale aim to highlight Morocco as a dynamic hub for current ideas and to establish its continued intellectual involvement on an international stage. The biennale’s role, both locally and internationally, has evolved along with the climate of the times. In light of recent events in North Africa, its goals could not be more pertinent. In addition to sponsoring significant and lasting social, economic and cultural benefits for the area and its inhabitants, the Biennale aims to show the outside world that Morocco is an open society that encourages freedom of expression and debate.