In collaboration with Mirjam Linschooten
Installation of plaster sculptures, painted wooden posters, and painted copper table
Faux Guide challenges conventional notions of historic preservation with ephemeral evidence of orality/language and memory. Collaborating with local artisans and with students from Tétouan’s architecture and fine arts academies, we created a series of language-based works which reckoned with the effect of French colonialism on the visual landscape of Morocco. Initiated in the 1920s, the French developed several cultural offices in the country, isolating and codifying artisanal practices to reflect their own notions of “pure Moroccan taste.” Each work uses a traditional Moroccan craft and puts it in dialogue with contemporary written language, creating a hybridized form of cultural expression.
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