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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

Marrakech Biennale

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.

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 subsection of the Biennale curated by Berrada under the guidance of chief curator Reem Fadda. “Memory Games” examined the texts of both via projects by artists Yto Barrada, Touda Bouanani, Ali Essafi, Mohssin Harraki, and Sara Ouhaddou. Through a delicate process of translation and cultural

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