Videokaravaan is curated by Abdelaziz Taleb and Abdellatif Benfaidoul, two Moroccan artists, now living in Cologne and Amsterdam. They see the project as a "nomadic program", which, amongst other things includes a database of video artists from the Arab and North African region.
Videokaravaan is traveling through various countries using presentations and discussions to expand the current aesthetics of video and media practices, diversify the Western perspective of art from the Arab world, and to acquaint the West with Arab artists. An additional goal is to generate a network of interdisciplinary cooperation.
From 12 to 24 April 2004, Videokaravaan stopped in Agadir in southern Morocco. In the Institut Français there, Abdelaziz Taleb and Abdellatif Benfaidoul presented a multifaceted video program and held workshops to communicate the theoretical and practical basis of video art. Here they were supported by artists from various countries: Toni Serra (Spain), Joachim Montessuis (France), Alexander Peterhaensel (Germany), Nabyl Ayouch and Zhor Rehihil (both Morocco), Mounir Fatmi and Bouchra Khalili (both Morocco-France).
16 local artists and students took part in the workshops. Divided into three groups, each realized two video works:
Group 1, headed by Abdelaziz Taleb
Participants: Rachid Moutchou, Youssef Snaiki, Houda Benkhaldoun, Asma Elmzaigh, Ahmed Baldou. Videos: Mur (6 Min); Visages (10 Min)
Group 2, headed by Bouchra Khalili
Participants: Fadma Outgoud, Telesphore Kanga Kablan, Omar Idtnaine, Hassan Agmoun, Hassan Elghachaoui. Videos: Broderie (4 Min); Subtitles (3 Min)
Group 3, headed by Mounir Fatmi
Participants: Mofahim Said, Fatiha Oukerroum, Diarra Modibo Mory, Djouma Doussa, Karim Jaouad, Youssef Tahiri. Videos: Consommation (4 Min); Archeology (3 Min)
The project was supported by the European Cultural Foundation, the Prince Claus Fund, the Hurbert Bals Fund, the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunst and the Institut Français Agadir.
Media Art Workshop
Institut Français Agadir, Morocco
12 - 24 April 2004
Abdelaziz Taleb, Abdellatif Benfaidoul