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  • View of “Memory Games: Ahmed Bouanani Now,” 2016, Bahia Palace. From left: Yto Barrada, #18 Majdoub Appliqué Flag, 2016; Yto Barrada, #48 Majdoub Appliqué Flag, 2016; Yto Barrada, #15 Majdoub Appliqué Flag, 2016. From the Marrakech Biennale 6. Photo: Jens Martin.

    Marrakech Biennale 6

    Various Venues

    The sixth Marrakech Biennale was accompanied by a series of small, free publications (also available as a bound collection) corresponding to each of the fifty-three exhibited works. One of these booklets, penned by Omar Berrada, recounts the life story of the sixteenth-century Sufi mystic and oral poet Abderrahman al-Majdoub, whose quatrains are described as “full of irreverent wit and unexpected humor.” The poet, as well as his impact on Ahmed Bouanani, a Moroccan intellectual, film director, artist, and translator of Majdoub’s poems, were central to “Memory Games: Ahmed Bouanani Now,” a

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