Berrechid 81 :
A look back at a collective experience
at the edge of art and
A Public Programme by Abdeslam Ziou Ziou
31 May – 5 June 2021
Group photography in front of Dr Ziou Ziou Abdellah’s service accommodation in Berrechid. June 1981. Archives Dr Ziou Ziou
At the end of a 6-month research residency, Abdeslam Ziou Ziou developped a week-long programme, in June 2021, 40 years after the “Moussem” of Berrechid.
The “Moussem” brought together artists, patients, doctors, hospital staff and the public, between the 20th and the 30th of May 1981, on the initiative of his father, Doctor Abdellah Ziou Ziou.
Abdeslam Ziou Ziou originated his program organically, as his fieldwork, discussions and transcribed interviews, annotated photographs and a rich and diverse bibliography progressed. He brought forward this collective endeavor to resist normative standards and paid tribute to the individualities who formed it.
Berrechid 81: Installation of archives
Berrechid 81 unfolds the different steps undertaken for research by Abdeslam Ziou Ziou on a collective experience of mental health care in Morocco between 1975 and 1986, based on the archives of Dr Ziou Ziou. Berrechid 81 is divided into three parts, taking the title of an essay by Dr Ziou Ziou published in 1992 and entitled: Madness – Poetry – Resistance. Each part includes sub-themes that contextualise and highlight the work carried out by Dr Ziou Ziou in the field of psychiatry in Morocco. The fieldwork has opened up a multitude of research areas ranging from the history of psychiatry in Morocco, to the intersection of art and psychiatry, while weaving an intimate ethnography of resistance to the medical and psychiatric institution.
Tuesday, 1 June 2021
Presentation by Abdeslam Ziou Ziou on the outcome of his six-month research residency followed by a discussion with the curators, fellows and partners of the School of Casablanca. Moderated by Salma Lahlou. The presentation in French is followed by a discussion in English.
Friday, 4 June 2021 / Psychiatry
Looking at the ‘Pavilion 36’ experience in light of today’s psychiatric practices
Aziza Ziou Ziou (clinical psychologist) talks to psychiatrists Fatiha Boulayoun, Saloua Kijri, Nadia Mouchtaq and Dr. Ziou Ziou as well as psychologists and founders of the Ruban d’Espoir association, Rim Difoullous and Lydia-Hanaa Faris.
The discussion focuses on the current methods of psychiatric care, echoing experiences in different institutions in Morocco, at the Arrazi Hospital (Salé), Pavillon 36 (Casablanca) and the psychiatric hospital in Berrechid.
Saturday, 5 June 2021 / Art and Psychiatry
A (great?) time
Lunch – conversation led by Imane Zoubai (artist) with Dr Ziou Ziou, the artists who participated in the Berrechid experience, including Abdelkabir Rabi and Abdellah Harriri, and the new artistic guard. This open discussion made it possible to reconstruct this experience in all its components: the medical experience, through the participation of part of the hospital team; the artistic experience through the participation of the artists; as well as the legacy of these experiences through a dialogue with the new generation of artists who attended this event in large numbers.
Bik Van der Pol
A dérive, through
Casablanca, history and
A Public Programme by Bik Van der Pol
November 2021- Learning together
© Bik Van der Pol
During the first part of their research residency in Casablanca, Bik Van der Pol explored the city and encountered its architecture, silent history, ambient noise and inhabitants. Entering into a dialogue with and making a public space into a present aware of its past and potentialities is the common thread of their “dérive”.
Throughout November, meetings and discussions took place with various cultural actors; Bert Flint, Mamma Group/Lahbib El Moumni, Mohamed Rachdi, Kenza Sefrioui, Sabrina Kamili, Florence Darsi, Maud Houssais, Fatima-Zahra Lakrissa, Maria Karim, Mohamed Jibril, Mehdi Azdem, Eric Van Hove and Said Guiha.
Artist Talk with Bik Van der Pol
Thursday, 25th November 2021
The talk, moderated by Salma Lahlou and Krist Gruijthuijsen, took place in Casablanca at ThinkArt with a zoom live streaming. The talk is in English and starts with a presentation by Bik Van der Pol on their practice and ongoing research for the School of Casablanca, followed by a discussion with the moderators and Q/A with the public.
A Public Programme by Céline Condorelli
© Céline Condorelli
In keeping with the principles that underpin her practice and well developed methodologies, Céline Condorelli used her residency at ThinkArt to expand upon her research on the notion of labour. This idea is of central importance to the artist, who makes the concept of work visible in the exhibition space, by looking beyond traditional hierarchies. The artist uses strategies that challenges the discriminations linked to the status of workers, objects and audiences, and employs the exhibition space above all as a social space. Here, art is understood as an activity, a tool and an object; it becomes one element among others. For The School of Casablanca, the artist will be exploring the rural carpet of the High Atlas to restore its position to that of a sophisticated practice of abstraction, which is above all a work by women.
– Salma Lahlou
Artist Talk with Céline Condorelli
Wednesday, 25 May 2022
An Artist Talk with Céline Condorelli, moderated by Salma Lahlou, took place at the École supérieure des beaux-arts de Casablanca. The talk is in French and starts with a presentation by the artist on her practice and ongoing research for the School of Casablanca, followed by a discussion with the moderator and a Q&A session with the public.
From the shape of a letter, to the word, to the sentence, to the page, to the city
A Public Programme by Manuel Raeder
© Studio Manuel Raeder
Manuel Raeder is a multidisciplinary designer known for painting murals in the 1990s. His practice is strongly defined by the idea that art and design should be accessible and available in public spaces. How are these public spaces taken over by the inhabitants to respond to their needs? How are the sites adapted for purposes not initially intended? Who are the individuals who appropriate these spaces?
For the first part of his research residency, what emerged significantly was the need to set up encounters with other artists without a predefined agenda, other than the desire to forge connections around each other’s creative practices. Hence the idea of discussions over meals. The other element of success in such encounters is generosity. Making available a space for the dissemination of artistic works while setting up prerequisites to maintain the quality of certain propositions is also important. This made possible the screening of an experimental short film Untitled life experience (2012/2022) by Trick 54 Grocco and live sound performances by Abdellah Archidi. Seventy people attended the event. Finally, there is the question of audience engagement. Raeder is a skater, and he explored the Casablanca community first and foremost through this practice. He went out to meet and interact with people in their environment. His actions have enabled the School of Casablanca to identify and welcome new audiences.
– Salma Lahlou
Artist Talk with Manuel Raeder
Wednesday 22 June 2022
A presentation by the multidisciplinary designer on his practice and ongoing research for the School of Casablanca, followed by a Q&A session with the public.
The presentation and the discussion were in English.
Screening and Live Performance
Tuesday 28 June 2022
Untitled life experience (2021/2022)
Director: Trick54 Grocco
Performance: Anwar Tawae
Sound: Abdellah Archidi