Mohammed Chabaa: Visual Consciousness, presents the life’s work of Mohammed Chabaa (1935–2013), a pioneer of Moroccan contemporary art and Global South modernity. As the first posthumous retrospective exhibition for the artist outside of Morocco, Visual Consciousness brings together paintings, sculptures, graphic art, interior design models and archival material, encompassing his creative journey from 1957 to 2012.
A revolutionary talent, Chabaa’s multidisciplinary approach came to embody the cultural awakening of Morocco in the post-independence era. His social and egalitarian conception of the arts stemmed from a desire to interconnect art, architecture and artisanal crafts, integrating these into society through his multi-faceted work as a painter, muralist, sculptor, educator, graphic designer, interior designer, critic, and writer. Influenced by Morocco’s local artisanal crafts, the Bauhaus movement, post-war abstraction, and the avant-garde, the artist ultimately defined his own artistic language, the influence of which is still strongly felt today.
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