School of Casablanca
A dérive through Casablanca, history and minds. A public programme by Bik van der Pol in two parts, November 2021, and autumn 2022.
Throughout November, Bik Van der Pol had, as start of their research, a number of meetings, discussions and conversations in Casablanca and Marrakech, 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 and Eric Van Hove.
In Autumn 2022, as an extension of their artistic practice focus on encounter and collaboration, BIk Van der Pol invite Fatima Mazmouz to embody Casablanca mon amour- Résistants, 2014-2018, as well as Hassan Darsi, Maria Daif, Manal Aziz & Hamza Boussedra, and Mohamed Fariji to a series of public walks.
The School of Casablanca is a collaborative project that takes as its starting point the legacy of the Casablanca Art School and its innovative pedagogical methods and exhibition strategies in 1960s Morocco.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Sharjah Art Foundation, in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Marokko and ThinkArt, initiate a collaborative venture 2020–2022/23 revolving around the approach of Casablanca Art School—a school that developed innovative education and exhibition strategies in 1960s Morocco. During a residency in Casablanca between 2021–2022/23, artists conduct research, produce new work, and create a public program focused on the subject(s) addressed in their research.
With Céline Condorelli, Fatima-Zahra Lakrissa, Gilles Abray, Marion von Osten †, Manuel Raeder, Bik Van der Pol, and Abdeslam Ziou Ziou.