Alya Sebti

The Forbidden Fruit—On Art and Public Space Relations

A short talk held at FUTURE MEMORIES Conference, Addis Ababa, 18 September 2014.

Alya Sebti mentions “Between Walls“ exhibition June-July 2012, Rabat curated by Yasmina Nadji (15.1.2015) and the Marrakech Biennale, 5th Edition 2014, curated by herself (15.1.2015).
Alya Sebti, born in 1983 in Casablanca, currently lives in Berlin. After being responsible for management at Paris Photo in 2009, she worked as director of international contemporary art at Art Holding Morocco until 2011.  She subsequently became an independent curator and was appointed in 2012 as Artistic Director for the 5th edition of the Marrakech Biennale. She is currently curating the exhibition “Casablanca, Black Energy” as part of the European Capital of Culture in Mons in 2015. Recent exhibitions include: “Now Eat my Script” (Berlin, KW, 2015), “Equilibres / Augleich” (Berlin, Wentrup Gallery, 2014-2015), “Of Other Spaces” (Casablanca, Al Hoceima, Utrecht, Amsterdam, 2013), “You Never Left” (Casablanca, Galerie HD, 2011), “Reza Aramesh /Shadi Ghadirian” (Rabat, 2010), “Fashion Loves Tribe” (Berlin, Galerie Morgen, 2010), “Urban Landscape” (Moroccan pavilion at the Amsterdam Photography Biennale, 2012), and “Des espaces autres” (Al Hoceima, Casablanca, 2012).
Between 2012 and 2014, she initiated a cycle of online exhibitions with Arte East on contemporary art in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. She is also co-editor of Pas de Deux, a publication which features the residency programme bearing the same title that she curated at Villa Romana (Florence 2014). Her latest publications include:  “Biennale, from Grounding to Meeting Space” (POSITION Social Changes through Art in the Arab World, Akademie der Künste, Berlin 2014); “The Building up of a Network of Residencies in Maghreb and Beyond” (Take On Art, Delhi 2013); “Beat Generation, made in Morocco” (L’art même, Brussels 2012). Parallel to her role as a consultant on visual art and cultural initiatives in North Africa, Sebti is a board member of the International Biennale Association.

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