Curated by Yasmina Naji, Raw Queens offers a cultural and political re-evaluation of the perceptions of women in the Arab world, and especially in Morocco. Featuring artists Fatima Mazmouz and Meriem Bennani, the exhibition explores art, feminism and post-colonialism. As an art project it seeks to open new spaces for conversation on gender and popular culture, constructing a new representation of indigenous figures of power.
Casablanca-born Fatima Mazmouz lives and works in Casablanca, Morocco. Through her multimedia practice, photography, performance and installation she often questions individual and cultural identities.
Meriem Benanni is based in New York and was born in Rabat in Morocco. She works in video, sculpture, multimedia installation, drawing and Instagram. She is known for her playful and humorous use of digital technologies such as 3D animation and motion capture.
Yasmina Naji is the founder of Kulte Center for Contemporary Art and Editions in Rabat, Morocco.
Artist talk: Fatima Mazmouz
Wed 10 July, 7pm
Artist Fatima Mazmouz creates work that explores power relationships, individual liberties and feminism. Mazmouz will be in conversation with curator Yasmina Naji.
Meriem Bennani’s Youtube Playlist
Sat 13 July, 7pm
Artist Meriem Bennani takes over The Mosaic Rooms for a special live DJ set of music and music videos from her archive collection spanning North Africa and South Asia.
Produced by The Mosaic Rooms, London’s free space for contemporary culture from the Arab world and beyond.