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La Vague Blanche

La Vague Blanche

Curateur: Mohamed Thara
Avec les artistes:
Yassine Alaoui Yoriyas
Sanae Arraqas
Mustapha Azeroual
Amina Benbouchta
Hicham Benohoud
Hicham Berrada
Max Boufathal
M’barek Bouhchichi
Mohamed El Baz
Amine El Gotaibi
mounir fatmi
Fouad Maazouz
Omar Mahfoudi
Randa Maroufi
Hicham Matini
Youssef Ouchra
Nissrine Seffar
Mohamed Thara

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La Vague Blanche _ 2M MAG
October 2020
La Vague Blanche – JT de 2M TV
October 2020
Biography

Born in 1972 in Fez (Morocco)
Lives and works in Bordeaux and Paris (France)

Mohamed Thara was born in 1972 in Fez, Morocco. He lives and works between Bordeaux, and Paris. As a multidisciplinary artist, he holds a National Diploma (DNSEP) in Visual Arts a Master’s degree from the Ecole supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux in France. After having trained in Paris in the different films and photography technics, first, at INA SUP (Audiovisual National Institute) and then at Arscipro (Professional Film School). Mohamed Thara is a Doctor in Aesthetics and Art Theory (Ph.D.) from Bordeaux-Montaigne University in France. Painter, photographer, video artist and multi-talented performer, he tries to extend the boundaries of painting with a very personal pictorial work that questions the ambiguity of the representation. His performances question the sense of “living together” and give his images the capacity to make us analyze the world we live in. Through his videos oscillating between tension and balance, giving birth and generating death, Mohamed questions the imminence of death to let us comprehend about life’s fragility. His photographic work contains a promise of ritual writing, a thought rightly thrown into the world, a global and critical project about society through the moving image that raises many questions: history, memory, evil, identity, pain, chaos… Mohamed Thara has participated in numerous exhibitions around the world: The “Soho International Art Contest” in New York, USA (1999), the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Sharajah, United Emirates Arab (1995), the collective Grand Palais “Jeune Peinture” in Paris, France (1999), the “Mutation” at the Museum -(CAPC)- of Contemporary Art in Bordeaux (2001), France and also at the ZKM, Art and Media Museum in Karlsruhe, Germany (2017), at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio Janeiro, Brazil (2017), at the Kochi Musiris Biennale, in Kerala India (2017), the Venice Architecture Biennale (2018), at Rencontres de Bamako – African Biennale of Photography, Mali (2019), at the 13th Havana Biennale, Cuba (2019), at the 14th Biennale of Contemporary African Art in Dakar, Senegal (2020) and many other artistic events. Several private collectors from France, Morroco and abroad have acquired his work. His films have won numerous awards around the world.

 

EDUCATION
2014 – 2018 : Ph.D. in Theory of Art: (Film and Audiovisual Studies) Bordeaux-Montaigne University (France)
2013 : Master’s Degree 2 in Visual Arts from Bordeaux-Montaigne University (France)
2011 : 35mm camera extensive training at Arscipro (Professional Film School), Paris (France)
2010 : Films and photography technics, at INA SUP (Audiovisual National Institute) Paris (France)
2002 : (D.N.S.E.P) National Diploma of Arts and Médias, “Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts” in Bordeaux (France)
2000 : (D.N.A.P) National Diploma of Visual Arts, “Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts” in Bordeaux (France)
1995 : (CAPES) Diploma of the national center of the Teachers of Visual arts in Rabat (Morocco)

SOLO SHOWS & GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 International selection, 19th Asian Art Biennale, National Art Gallery (Bangladesh) The Second Zone 3th Hollywood Las Vegas Film Festival, Los Angeles, (USA) Broken Screen / Apocalipsis tecnocrático, LPEP, The Paternal Space Project, Buenos Aires (Argentina) International Panorama, group show at Visualconteiner TV, Milan (Italy)

2020 Technocratic Apocalypse, El Blanco, Center for Artistic Experimentations, Caba, (Argentina) Ĩ’Ndaffa / Forger / Out of the fire, Dak’Art, 14th Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Dakar (Senegal) La Vague Blanche, La Galerie 38, Casablanca (Morocco) Broken Screen / The Treachery of Images, Arts Space, San Juan, (Argentina) IM(PULSION) group exhibition with 21 Moroccan Artists, Casablanca (Morocco) Jeanine, POC International Film Festival, City College, New York (USA) Agora OFF, Festival des Arts confinés, Paris (France) Short Cuts, 3th edition Hollywood Weekly Film Festival, Los Angeles (USA) NewMediaFest, Arad Art Museum, Arad (Romania) Focus Africa, Addis Video Art Festival, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

2019 Streams Of Consciousness, 12th Bamako Encounters, African Biennale of Photography (Mali) As Long As I Can Hold My Breath, Kaskada gallery, Szczecin, (Poland) La Seconde Zone, Lift-­Off Global Network, Pinewood Studios (United Kingdom) International Panorama #2 Pinacoteca Ruben Berta Museum, Porto Alegre (Brazil) Le Devenir Monde, Festival Ambiance, Cinèma Les Colonnes, Blanquefort (France) In Absentia, Pavillion at The Wrong – New digital Art Biennale, Foggia (Italy) Video Art and Experimental films, 9th Cairo International Video Art Festival, Cairo, (Egypt) As Long As I Can Hold My Breath, O Sítio Art and Technology gallery, Florianópolis (Brazil) Connect, Vaughn Center at the University of Tampa, FLorida (USA) La Seconde Zone, Marienbad International Film Festival, Marienbad (Czech Republic) Haunted Places, The Cairo Opera House, Cairo, (Egypt) Interrupted II, New Mills Festival, Art Theater, Derbyshire, (United Kingdom) Official Competition, Aasha International Film festival, Nashik (India) Group show, Festival Perform, Domaine de Nodris, Vertheuil (France) Toiles d’images, la Salle des fêtes du Grand Parc, Bordeaux (France) Official Competition Szczecin International Film Festival, Szczecin (Poland) Paisajes Humanos, La Neomudéjar Museum, Madrid (Spain) La Seconde Zone, 8th International Video Art Festival of Camagüey, (Cuba) Transhumanismes et révolutions mémétiques, 25th International Video Art Festival of Casablanca (Morocco) The Construction of the Possible, 13th Havana Biennale, La Havana (Cuba) Interrupted, Firehouse Cultural Center, Ruskin, FLorida (USA) Par-delà les Territoires, The French Institute gallery, Kénitra (Morocco) Art and Rebellion, 107th CAA College Art Association, Hilton Midtown, New York (USA) Terra Incognita #3 Saison Vidéo, Lille (France) Par-delà les Territoires, The French Institute gallery, Meknes (Morocco)

2018 As Long As I Can Hold My Breath, InShort Film Festival, Lagos (Nigeria) DeProfundis, Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival, Istanbul (Turkey) Exil et Memoire, Biennale Agora Rabat Salé, Rabat (Morocco) TIME is Love.11, MOTOCO Mulhouse Contemporary Art, Mulhouse (France) As Long As I Can Hold My Breath, Toolbox gallery, Berlin (Germany)
Par-delà les Territoires, 11th Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie de Fez (Morocco) FNB Joburg Art Fair, The johannesburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Center (South Africa) Bodies, 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, The Room Contemporary Art Space (Italy)
W:OW.18, Torrence Art Museum, Los Angeles (USA)
Activismo 6th International Biennale of Performance Bogota, (Colombia)
Surfaces, Its Liquid Art And Architecture Festival, Venise (Italy)
Alteration, Millepiani Space, Loosen Art Gallery, Rome (Italy)
#1 Video Art, The First International Video Art Forum, Eastern Province, (Saudi Arabia)
DeProfundis, La Nuit Européenne des Musées, Centre George Pompidou, Paris (France)
Silent Territory, L’Uzine Art Center, Touria & Abdelaziz Tazi Fondation, Casablanca (Morocco)
Group show, EX-NEW Contemporary Art Center, Milan (Italy)
Experiments in Cinema, International Experimental Film Festival, Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA)
Silent Territory (FIAV) International Festival of Video Art, Casablanca (Morocco)
Ibrida, La Fabbrica Delle Candele, Forli (Italy)
We Are One World, Municipal Art Gallery Kharkiv (Ukraine)
TIME is Love.11, CCA Contemporary Arts Center, Glasgow, (United Kingdom)
As Long As I Can Hold My Breath, Lily Agius Gallery, Sliema (Malta)
Video Art From Africa, Depart Foundation, Malibu, Los Angeles (USA)
Fusions, Espace de l’Eglise Saint Rémi, Bordeaux (France)

2017
Milk vs Whiskey, Museum of Modern Art, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
The Wow Point of View, Center for Media communications and visuel studies, Kharkiv (Ukraine)
Strangloscope, Mostra Internacional Film Festival, Florianópolis (Brazil)
Official Selection, (AFRIFF) 7th Africa International Film Festival, Lagos (Nigeria)
Nos désirs font désordre, La Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille (France)
New Landscape, (WAC) Weekend of contemporary art, Bordeaux (France)
DeProfundis, Modern Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Milk vs Whiskey Hiedra gallery, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
As Long As I Can Hold My Breath, Metavilla space, Bordeaux (France)
Art is Resistance, Werkstatt gallery, Berlin (Germany)
TIME is Love.10 MCube gallery, Lalitpur (Nepal)
Group show, (CACT) Contemporary Art Center, Ticino (Italy)
Sofia Underground, National Palace of Culture, Sofia (Bulgaria)
Seconde Peau, Organo, Biennale of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux (France)
AnneXafriques, Rocher de Palmer gallery, Cenon (France)
As Long As I Can Hold My Breath, Institut Français de Casablanca (Morocco)
7ème édition, Camaguey International Video Art Festival, Camagüey (CUBA)
Wake UP! CologneOFF & The New Museum of Networked Art, Cologne (Germany)
Future Imperfect Symposium, Plymouth University, Plymouth (United Kingdom)
Milk vs Whiskey, Artspace gallery, Tel Aviv (Israel)
Sélection internationale, International Festival of Video Art of Casablanca (Morocco)
Milk vs Whiskey, ZKM Museum, Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (Germany)
Art, Activism & Archives, Biennale of Kochi Musiris, Kochi-Kerala (India)
The Refugee Film Collection, The New Museum of Networked Art, Cologne (Germany)
Art in The Time of Crisis, Palais Dar Pacha Tazi, Fez (Morocco)

2016
Trait d’union, (Biennale) 10th edition of Photography Encounters of Fez (Morocco)
1th Festival International Les Nuits Photographiques, Essaouira (Morocco)
Economie l’Expo-Jeu, Cap Sciences gallery, Bordeaux (France)
Dans le ventre de la médina, Takafes, The Center for Art and Cultural Innovation, Fez (Morocco)

2014
Ritus, (Solo show) Cité Frugès-Le Corbusier, Pessac (France)
Lipos, (Solo show) la Maison des Arts, Pessac (France)

2002
Partage des Crêpes, Théâtre des Salinières, Bordeaux (France)
DNSEP, Group show, Triangle gallery, Bordeaux (France)

2001
De la Place aux Etoiles, Cinéma Utopia, Bordeaux (France)
Sociétés d’ici et d’ailleurs, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage, Bordeaux (France)
Mutation, CAPC, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux (France)

2000
Table Optimiste, (Solo show) French Institute of Dakar, 4th edition of the Off Dakar Biennale, (Senegal)

1999
Sous Pression, Jeune Création, Grand Palais, Paris (France)
Portes ou vertes, Jean Zay Hall residency, Paris (France)
The Soho International Art Contest, Soho gallery, New York (USA)

1996 3th Sapporo international Print Biennale, Minami (Japan)

1995
International Selection, 2th Sharajah Biennale of contemporary art, Sharajah (United Arab Emirates)
Group Show for the benefit of Unicef, Art 54 gallery, New York (USA)
Jeune Peinture Borj Nord, National Museum of Weapons, Fez (Morocco)

AWARD & NOMINATIONS
2020 : Jeanine, nominated of Best Short Awards POC International Film Festival, New York (USA) 2020 : Guest judge at 3th edition Hollywood Weekly film festival, Los Angeles, (USA) 2019 : La Seconde Zone nominated for Transfer Architecture Video Award, Zurich, (Suisse) 2019 : Member of the International Jury of the Maghreb Photography Awards, Casablanca (Morocco) 2019 : La Seconde Zone nominated for International Red Carpet Award, Aasha International Film Festival, Nashik, (India) 2019 : As Long As I Can Hold My Breath, Best Experimental Short film, Szczecin International Film Festival (Poland) 2019 : Special Mention for La Seconde Zone at 8th International Video Art Festival of Camagüey, (Cuba) 2018 : As Long As I Can Hold My Breath, Best Experimental Short, Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival (Turkey) 2017 : As Long As I Can Hold My Breath, Finalist for the best short film, Africa International Film Festival, Lagos, (Nigeria)
1989 : Winner of the prize of drawing, Saudi Arabian Society for Research and International Marketing, Riyadh (Saudi Arabian)

CURATORIAL PROJECTS
2020 : La Vague Blanche, (Group show) 8 october to 18 november 2020, La Galerie 38, Casablanca (Morocco) 2019 : Reflections, (Group show) La Maison Africaine de la Photographie, OFF Bamako Biennale. 12th Bamako Encounters, African Biennale of Photography, December 2019, Janvier 2020, (Mali) 2018 : Beyond the Territories, (Group show) 30 november to 30 december. The French Institute gallery.
11th edition (Biennial) of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie de Fez (Morocco) 2018 : Silent Territory, (Group show) April 24th – 30th.
(FIAV) 24th International Festival of Video Art of Casablanca (Morocco) 2018 : Sci-Fi Trilogy, Larissa Sansour, Studio des Arts Vivants, Casablanca (Morocco) 2017 : New Landscape, (Group show) September 28.
(WAC) Weekend of Contemporary Art Bordeaux, (CAPC) Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux (France) 2017 : International selection, 25 – 29 April. (Group show)
(FIAV) 23th International Festival of Video Art of Casablanca (Morocco)

COLLECTIONS (Selection)
Banque Populaire, Fez (Morocco)
Barwa Bank, Dubai International Financial Center, Dubai (Qatar)
Saudi Arabian Society for Research and International Marketing, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) The Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art, Saint-Émilion, (France) The Nairobi Arts Trust / Centre for Contemporary Art of East Africa, Nairobi, (Kenya) The Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art, Johannesburg (South Africa) The New Museum of Networked Art, Cologne (Germany) Aasha Fondation, Nashik, (India) Memorial Fondation, Cologne (Germany) Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris (France) Collection Firou A., Los Angeles, (USA) National Museum of Mali, Bamako (Mali)