It is a small project but once again we tried to provide the maximum of confort to inhabitants with the minimum budget (this time, 60 000€). We also dedicated a lot of time to design the wooden benches instead of choosing them from a catalog. For more information about the project click on the image.
In September 2018, we (Abdeljalil Saouli, Gilles Aubry and myself) started to work on an artistic project in Moulay Bouchta Al Khamar, a village situated 75 km north of Fez. We met in Moulay Bouchta to explore the possibilities this place offer to contemporary culture, guided by Abdeljalil who grew up there and decided to come back and settle down after his studies at the art school of Tetouan (Institut National des beaux-arts de Tétouan).Read More
Things to do in Moulay Bouchta Al-Khamar (Taounate, Morocco) in March. 3 days of artistic interventions, promenades and conversations on habitat, listening and environment.
This year I had the chance to talk in Ceuta, Fez, Zagora, Bir Gandouz (Dakhla) and Marrakesh about Saharan caravans, architectural heritage, nomadism, territory and urban planning in the desert, water and contemporary culture. Thanks a lot to Aula permanente de formación abierta (Granada University), Takafes, Forum International des Oasis, Ministère de l’Aménagement (Morocco) and Le 18 for trusting me.
Abandoned water tank and a dam built during the Almohad dynasty (12th century) in Sidi Bou Othmane, near Marrakech. Amazing space and incredible construction made in rammed earth.
The second stay was in Oulad Othmane Kasbah, another imposant place, where we had the occasion of talking to the owner, Abdel Majid, who told us the story of his family, the old cadi of the kasbah, with some interesting revelations about the slaves, the main research topic of Amado Alfadni.
The ksar of Tinmasla (with the zawya of the same name) is among the 5 most important spiritual centres in Zagora. This fact has a reflection in the architecture, because the number of marabouts and also the mosque with its minaret. There were only 5 minarets in the valley, today, only three left...
The first stop of our study trip (in the framework of Beyond Qafila Thania and Qanat, organised by Marsad Drâa+CeRCCa+Le 18), was Tamnougalt, a ksar with a kasbah used by one of the most important caids of the region and a place where caravans payed taxes. Besides the Museum of Caid's Kasbah is quite impressive and an excellent place to stay as the researches and artists (Amado Alfadni, Pau Cara, Francesca Masoero, Leire Vergara and Heidi Vogels) could experience.
We also had the opportunity of visiting another ksar, Takatarte.