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Moroccan Artists Reconstruct Representations of Female Power
Reclaiming the Moroccan female body
Art Stuff 06 Jul 2019

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HORS-LES MURS I #RAWQUEENS ???????? People of london Join curator Yasmina Naji, artist Fatima Mazmouz for the opening of Raw Queens this Thursday at Mosaic Rooms. Raw Queens presents artists Fatima Mazmouz and Meriem Bennani in this exhibition that seeks to challenge cultural and political perceptions of women in the Arab world, specifically in Morocco. The exhibition is a collaboration between The Mosaic Rooms and Kulte Gallery & Editions, and is curated by Kulte's Director Yasmina Naji. Part of @shubbakfestival. – #rawqueens #themosaicrooms #london #meriembennani #fatimamazmouz #superoum #cheikhates #moroccancontemporaryart #feminism #moroccanfeminists #videoart #morocco #shubbak2019 #shubbakfestival #igerslondon

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In a new London exhibition called RAW QUEENS curated by Yasmina Naji – and in collaboration with Kulte Gallery in Rabat – Fatima Mazmouz and Meriem Bennani are re-evaluating perceptions of women in Morocco, as well as in the Arab world at large.


Casablanca based Mazmouz embodies girl power with work influenced by Aita performers – a Bedouin musical style – known as Chikhates. Performing against a background of gun silhouettes, she creates the image of a uterus, choosing to represent the Chikha as unruly and disobedient women, both free and disturbing. Talk about being a #girlboss.

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Join curator Yasmina Naji, artist Fatima Mazmouz and our team for the opening of Raw Queens.⁣ ⁣ Raw Queens presents artists @fatima_mazmouz and @meriembennani in this exhibition that seeks to challenge cultural and political perceptions of women in the Arab world, specifically in Morocco.⁣ ⁣ Produced in collaboration with @kultegalleryandeditions and curated by Kulte's Director @yasminanaji, the exhibition is part of @shubbakfestival.⁣ ⁣ Join us for the preview on 4 July 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. ⁣⁣ ⁣ RSVP → www.bit.ly/RawQueens⁣ ⁣ Pictured: Meriem Bennani, Ghariba, 2017. Film still, 18 min 38 sec. Courtesy of the artist. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #RawQueens #YasminaNaji #FatimaMazmouz #MeriemBennani #TheMosaicRooms

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Other works see Mazmouz belly dance while pregnant – talk about celebrating the female body – and works by Bennani that confront the intersection of feminism, religion and pop culture in Morocco. She plays on soap operas to celebrate and expose the private lives of women, sharing thoughts on love, dating, friendship and community.
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzh1pyHlMLGpLTWvADwhAVO5UWBN-UiitNksQw0/
The exhibition reclaims the Moroccan female body on terms set by Moroccan women artists, and we are 100% here for it.
 
RAW QUEENS is on display at the Mosaic Rooms in London until 14 September 2019
 
Words by Lizzy Vartanian
Images via @themosaicrooms, @loubna_rg, @lorenelhili, @kultegalleryandeditions

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