For me, art is a means of expression, a space of resistance, a trigger of transformation, of life. I particularly find pleasure in dealing with the constraints of painting and drawing, since, these constraints enable me, against all expectations, to intensely experiment my vocation of freedom.
My artistic practice seeks to bring witness to the social, geopolitical and environmental issues of our time, both within the local context of Morocco and the global context. Childhood play is the prominent metaphor I use to provoke a fictional narrative on the intersections between the natural environment, geopolitics and economy.
My work emphasizes the reality that human societies are only one chain-link among others in a complex system and that the quest for emergence must go hand in hand with the respect of this system. In my compositions, I usually bring together such dissimilar elements as childhood play memories, images from the natural and animal environment, on the one hand, and containers, cityscapes, ports or other signs of the modern life, on the other. I intend to highlight the growing dangers of the excessive exploitation of natural resources and to depict the dangerous human drive for unlimited progress, a desire whose victims are humans themselves, wildlife, the earth and the climate.
In addition to my predilection for recalling childhood play, many of my painting and drawing projetcs show how far I am interested in entering into dialogue with master pieces of Western art. There are two kee reasons behind such transhistorical and transcultural dialogue. First, there is my desire to recall the recurring nature of the human disasters and sufferings. The second reason is my need to create new narratives that allow me to reappropriate the present and to bring witness to the contemporary social, goepolitical and environmental global issues.
My artworks are in line with the focus of Beyond Future Art Prize, since it seeks to bring witness to the social and geopolitical issues of our time, both within the local context of Morocco and the continent of Africa, and around the globe. It emphasizes the reality that human societies are only one chain-link among others in a complex system and that the quest for emergence must go hand in hand with the respect of this system. From one painting to another, I wave a fictional space that invites the observer to become aware of the complexities inherent in the relationship between the human being and his environment. By bringing together such dissimilar elements as ‘children’s games, on the one hand, and containers, cityscapes, ports or other images of the tumult of modern life, on the other, I intend to highlight the growing dangers of the excessive exploitation of natural resources. Thus, My keen driving force as an artist is the urge to raise questions about sustainable living and to witness, in particular, climate change and its relation with other contemporary issues, such as migration, global economic inbalances and the multitude of social and political crises that the world is undergoing.