Oil on Canvas
CM H 125 W 168
IN H 49.21 W 66.14Signed by artist
Childhood has a lifelong impact. In the case of an artist, it reappears as the work progresses and determines or even conditions his work. Mohamed Drissi's was unhappy and tormented, like his paintings.
Large in size, they are populated by strange creatures twisting against blatant backgrounds. The black lines drawn by a hand as if trembling with fear reveal angular and emaciated shapes. From a flesh pink to a carnivorous red or a cadaveric green, the bodies of these barely human characters sweat morbidity. As for their faces, they are (nothing more or less) than grinning masks. The whole is both grotesque and frightening, making the spectator hesitate between laughter and tears. By painting these nightmarish apparitions from her imagination, the artist externalizes her fears and anxieties. The art he practices is therapeutic.Read more
MACAAL - Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden
In 2016, Fondation Alliances committed itself to long-term public action in order to contribute to the development of educational and cultural leisure activities in Marrakech by offering the city an art museum.
The Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech, is an independent, not-for-profit contemporary art museum and one of the first of its kind in North Africa.
MACAAL is dedicated to the promotion of African art across a range of media, with diverse exhibition and educational programmes. The museum nurtures an understanding of contemporary African art by collecting and exhibiting both established and emerging artists, and highlighting the creative energy and cultural diversity found across the continent.
MACAAL is a philanthropic initiative of Moroccan art collectors Alami Lazraq and his son Othman Lazraq. It forms part of their charitable not-for-profit association Fondation Alliances, which focuses on supporting cultural development in Morocco. Motivated by a passion for the arts, and managed by Othman, MACAAL brings the Lazraq family’s private collection of modern and contemporary African art, built up over the past 40 years, to a broader audience.
Othman Lazraq — President
Mouna Lazraq — Head of the Commercial Department
Meriem Berrada — Artistic Director
Janine Dieudji — Exhibitions Director
Hanaa El mrabet — Sales and Event Planning Manager
Yassir Yarji — Gallery Educator
Al Maaden, Sidi Youssef Ben Ali
40000 Marrakech, Morocco