Joël Andrianomearisoa - Our Land Just Like a Dream
by Joël Andrianomearisoa
Our Land Just Like a Dream
Texts by Othman Lazraq, Meriem Berrada, Morad Montazami, Salima Naji, Meryem Sebti, Jean Loup Pivin, Storm Janse Van Rensburg.
30 x 20 cm
12 x 8 in
Published by Musée d'Art Contemporain Africain Marrakech & Zamân
ISBN : 979-10-93781-28-0
For its very first monographic exhibition dedicated to a contemporary artist, the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakech has invited Joël Andrianomearisoa to occupy all of the museum's spaces in an exploration of Moroccan traditional knowledge. The artist engages dialogue with diverse artistic perspectives in an immersive scenography, punctuated by a selection of works from the Fondation Alliances collections. The works produced for Our Land Just Like A Dream were created exclusively in Marrakech, making use of a variety of local artisanal techniques in sustained dialogue with those who practice them. After an exploratory residency, Joël Andrianomearisoa undertook production of original works in close coordination with experienced artisans. The resulting works are personal interpretations of Morocco's artistic heritage as well as a tribute to hand craft. Sensitive to the materials that he encounters, the artist combines a variety of mediums with elegance and commitment. Wickerwork, metalwork, ceramics and embroidery collectively serve his poetic vision through textile installations, metallic sculptures or drawings on organic paper; all possibilities offered by the artist's host territory. This same quest for resonance led Joël Andrianomearisoa to engage in visual conversations with six artists, including Amina Agueznay (Morocco), Clotilde Courau (France), and Hindi Zahra (Morocco). As they explore goldsmithing, wood engraving, or sound, each of his accomplices—visual artist, actress, or musician—responds to the poetic perambulation of matter created by Joël Andrianomearisoa. The authors of the catalogue (Salima Naji, Jean-Loup Pivin, Storm Janse van Rensburg...) address the poetic, technical and anthropological aspects of such a singular journey.
A polyphonic exhibition catalogue, this work is so thanks to all the energies and dialogues that the multidisciplinary artist Joël Andrianomearisoa was able to catalyse for his exhibition (with other artists, craftsmen, but also with voices and souls). On this occasion, with the collaboration of the curator Meriem Berrada, all the works were produced locally in Morocco, in shared circuits, with a permanent questioning of form, function and material… without forgetting what remains in our memory, our lunar and terrestrial reveries. The authors of the catalogue (Salima Naji, Jean-Loup Pivin, Storm Janse van Rensburg…) address the poetic, technical and anthropological aspects of such a singular journey. Developed between his native Antananarivo and Aubusson, via Udaipur, Joël Andrianomearisoa's "weavings" (of materials, forms and relationships) take on their full meaning, for a moment, in Marrakech.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech, in 2022-2023.