More than fifteen Moroccan and Chinese painters gathered

The house of contemporary art (MAC) Asilah-Briech has just welcomed the work of its international symposium of contemporary art, whose work has ended, recently, under the theme “Morocco-China: the road of art “. Since its launch in early summer 2013, this symposium has treated over the years several themes including the Moroccan diaspora, contemporary calligraphy in the world, African art and the Mediterranean and the Middle East. According to the organizers, this week-long event aimed to highlight contemporary art and Chinese folk art. “We wanted to devote this year to China for its great interest particularly in Morocco and especially following the cultural cooperation agreement signed between Morocco and the People’s Republic of China during the visit of HM King Mohammed VI to Beijing. “said the president of the Association for Art and Culture (Apac) Ahlam Lemseffer.

Organized by the Apac and the MAC Foundation in partnership with the Confucius Institute in Tangier, this symposium, whose work was supported by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, the Ministry of Culture, the wilaya , the regional council of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, the town hall of Tangiers and the commune of Briech, was attended by more than fifteen Moroccan and Chinese painters. Among them are Saad Ben Cheffaj, Bouabid Bouzaid, Khaled El Bekkay, Rim Laabi, Wang Ying Guan, Zhu Hong and Han Feng. As in previous years, the organizers managed to make this symposium a place of communication and exchange of experiences between the artists of this symposium a place of communication and exchange of experiences between Moroccan artists and their Chinese counterparts, while allowing the public to better know the art and culture of China. “This kind of event testifies to the ties of friendship between China and Morocco, which together celebrate, this year, the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. It also allows to develop the contacts, the exchange of ideas and the cooperation between the artists of the two countries “, said Chen Dongyun, cultural advisor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Morocco, noting the commitment of her department to continue its support for this kind of event which is a considerable contribution to the career of artists of the two countries.

For his part, the artist and director of the center of modern art in Tetouan, Bouabid Bouzaid, stressed the importance of this symposium which allowed him to have new friends among Chinese artists. Despite the cultural differences and the geographical distance between the two countries,«we could communicate more easily between us thanks to our common love for contemporary art», he added.

The program of this symposium included a collective exhibition of the works of the participating artists (realized during this meeting) as well as a colloquium on the traces of Ibn Battouta. It was closed by a poetic and musical evening.

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