HERITAGE WORK AS SPECULATIVE FICTION
Omar Berrada &
Omar Berrada & M’barek Bouhchichi
Omar Berrada is a writer and curator, and the director of Dar al-Ma’mûn, a library and artists residency in Marrakech. His work focuses on the politics of translation and intergenerational transmission. He is the author of the poetry collection Clonal Hum (2020), and the editor or co- editor of several books, including Album – Cinémathèque de Tanger, a multilingual volume about film in Tangier and Tangier on film (2012), The Africans, a book on migration and racial politics in Morocco (2016), and Ahmed Bouanani’s posthumous history of Moroccan cinema, La Septième Porte (2020). Currently living in New York, he teaches at The Cooper Union where he co-organizes the IDS Lecture Series.
M’barek Bouhchichi is a visual artist who uses a variety of media – painting, drawing, sculpture, installation. His work moves from individual discourse to broader social, poetic and historical systems, through a visual language grounded in exploring the limits between inner thoughts and their vocalization. His recent work focuses on the history of Black Amazigh people in southern Morocco. By shedding light on this community’s practices, Bouhchichi symbolically unsettles established divisions of space and labor. His work has recently been exhibited at Dak’art (Dakar), Savvy Contemporary (Berlin), Kulte Gallery (Rabat), Mucem (Marseille), MACAAL (Marrakech), Centre Pompidou (Paris), among others. He lives and works in Tahanaout, Morocco.