“Sensitive Archive (s)”: An exhibition that shapes the present, the past and the future

Seven contemporary artists exhibit at the Cube Indépendant Art Room in Rabat The cultural space the Cube Indépendant Art Room located in Rabat welcomes from February 18 until March 26, 2021 the collective exhibition called “Sensitive Archive (s) “. Supported by the Institut Français du Maroc, the Cooperation and Cultural Action Service of the French Embassy in Morocco and Wallonia-Brussels International, this exhibition questions and rethinks the archive, in its evolving form, the archive “sensitive”. At the start of this exhibition, curated by Laura Scemama, a definition. That of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida: the archive is a “social object which shapes the present, the past and the future”. “The dynamic of this exhibition finds its roots in this definition of Derrida, as well as in the multiple current issues related to the construction of historical narratives, the restitution of knowledge, and the preservation of memories”, indicates the curator of the exposure. And to add: “In the digital age, the Internet offers us the possibility of storing all the knowledge of humanity in an intangible way. Thus, faced with the digitization of the archive, the latter becomes intangible, and therefore more fragile because it depends on technology. Faced with this paradigm shift, the need to rethink our relationship to the archive as a subjective classification of our history has never been so urgent ”. This exhibition also brings together the works of seven contemporary artists like Abdessamad El Montassir. In all of his work and research, this artist opens spaces for negotiation summoning micro-stories, made invisible by official history, and aims to explore their place and issues in contemporary societies. Originally from Boujdour, the artist analyzes and uses the geographical area where he grew up as a starting point for his work. His artistic approach takes shape in reflective processes that invite us to rethink history and cartographies through collective narratives and non-material archives, and highlight the need to consider knowledge and oral memories in order to upset the traditional constructions of knowledge. For its part, we find the work of M’barek Bouhchichi. Through installation, painting, drawing or video, M’barek Bouhchichi formulates modes of expression starting from the discourse of the individual towards broader social, poetic and historical systems. The common thread of his works refers to an individual word that allows a rewriting of oneself. It is a thought in action that the artist signifies through poetic back and forth between the idea and the experience of the work. The exhibition also shows the work of Mustapha Azeroual. This photographer of Franco-Moroccan origin is known for his work based on observation and experimentation. The question of the photographic and the materiality of the image is at the heart of his creative process.