As an independent art space in Morocco Le Cube defends since 2005 contemporary art positions of Moroccan and international artists trying to show art without commercial compromise or normative rules. With this philosophy against the current Le Cube – indepdendent art room is considered to be at the forefront of the contemporary art scene in Morocco. We aim to create a platform whose purpose is to establish a dialogue between actors and audiences, to help artists to disseminate and advance their work and encourage new forms of contemporary art, performances, installations, videos, interventions in-situ.
For « the Alternative Art Guide » we have chosen three Moroccan artists who make us participate at their vision of the world, the world as it is or as it might be seen, Jamila Lamrani, Leila Sadel and Mohammed Laouli.
Jamila Lamrani is part of this group of artists that provides an exciting change in the visual arts in Morocco. Her work is in line with a commitment, she defines the world in its complexity with silent words of an artist, but revealing the tensions and challenges of the society in which she lives, using this language of her own sensitivity.
Using the characteristics materials of the femals universe, fine fabrics, tulle and black threads, in this simplicity of the non-color, Jamila Lamrani continues the “painting without painting” that is very progressive, liberated from its traditional codes. Consistent in her artistic approach, she tells the story of awomens’ world between confinement and ephemeral presence.
She revisits and brings a new look at the status of women in her social context, subtle, with sublime delicacy and much poetry.
Her work consists of multiple interventions from the arrangement, the confrontation, to the shaping of the collected material. She makes short shiftings, shifts of meaning, which interact with the collective imagery and propose singular moments in the form of photographs, installations and videos. The reference to a collective unconscious, mostly tied to image and text, allows the viewer to set markers in the narrative space that is emerging and is open to him.
This personal approach joins Sadels’ idea of the artist’s positioning in society. Through his practice, the artist has the purpose to question the reality and its likelihoods. He creates a wavering of certainty by challenging our perceptions and beliefs. He highlights elements, emphasizes and gives them a resonance in his work to put our concerns at stake.
The work of Mohamed Laouli lays the premises of an endogenous and vertical reading of what surrounds him. He explores the phenomenons that cross, maim or mark his society. Although there is a certain part of commitment in his his reflections, Mohamed Laouli’s comment is not accusing. He doesn’t see himself as a decision maker, a politician or somebody who teaches someone a lesson. He simply displays his vision, his resentment about instants that he observes in his environment, a building or a waste land.
Elisabeth Piskernik (Founder and director)
Lives and works in Rabat / Morocco
A graduate in History of Art at the University of Vienna in 1994,
training in gallery management (Galerie Lang Vienne), training in cultural management (Institut für Kulturkonzepte Vienna), assistant for artistic programmation (Galerie Freud Klagenfurt), founder, director and curator of the art space Le Cube – independent art room in Rabat / Morocco since 2005.