Untitled 14km. The setting is a museum gallery. In the centre, a human shaped figure appears like a sculpture, wearing a medieval style metal helmet and chainmail, over a gold foil cloak.
Theatre & Dance
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UK & Ireland Premiere

BIAF welcomes leading Moroccan interdisciplinary artist, Youness Atbane and his one off installation/performance of UNTITLED 14 KM, exploring how the art world sees and understands contemporary art in its relation with identity, specifically Arab identity.

Many Arab artists have experienced the stress and anxiety created by the political realities in their region and many more share a common subject matter, related to the political and social problems resulting from the loss of part of their land.

Youness Atbane’s latest performance piece examines this through an enacted dialogue between fictional characters: an Arab-Andalusian poet, a director of the museum of contemporary art, a curator and a contemporary artist. UNTITLED 14 KM reflects on negotiations, conflicts, competitions and illegitimacy, and how this defines a “contemporary Arab identity” in the art world.

Post-show discussion: Youness Atbane will be joined immediately after the performance by Egyptian dance maker, Shaymaa Shoukry to discuss the arts scene in North Africa.

Part of BIAF’s 2022 focus on artists from the Middle East and North Africa. Supported by the British Council.


Credits

  • Conception: Youness Atbane
  • Associated Artists: Aziz Nadif / Youness Atbane / Zouheir Atbane Kamal Adissa / Anna Weissenfels / Mouad Aissi
  • Singing: Aziz Nadif
  • Sound Creation: Zouheir Atbane
  • Production manager: Henri Jules Julien
  • Installation and technic: Rachid Latouri et Collectif Pixylone
  • Coproduction: Studio Emad EDDIN Stiftelsen & The Arab Arts Focus with the support of the Ford Foundation, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), Moussem Nomadic Art center, Sundance Institute
  • Support: THE 18Marrakech / L’uZine / Artlab Berlin / LTK4 Cologne / Dar Bellarj

Image by Agnes Mellon

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