Sunday, 9 March 2014

Ifitry art lab at SMS

'Ifitry' is the engaging Moroccan art center overlooking
the Atlantic Ocean founded in 2011 outside the town
of Essaouira to provide ”a very complete picture of the
current Moroccan artistic production” and an artists'
residence that welcomes and inspires creatives from
different countries. An active place for sharing where
more than 100 works are permanently showcased
and cultural events organized throughout the year,
including temporary thematic exhibitions.

'Ifitry, artists between Italy and Morocco' is the collective
exhibition made in collaboration with the International
Casablanca Biennal that opened its doors yesterday in
the beautiful settings of San Michele degli Scalzi - a
former monastery of the twelfth century that later became
host to the Richard Ginori porcelain factory - in Pisa.

Taiguara Alves Giannotti & Andrea Locci
Khadija Tnana
Lucio Pari
Located in the urban park of 'Le Piagge', a beautiful
landscaped area along the Arno river, the SMS exhibition
center's new building - made of reinforced concrete, steel
and glass - was designed by architect Marco Guerrazzi
as the entryway to the old structure and its huge cloister
skillfully combining the language of contemporary design
with the nearby old church and the outer green.
Renzo Lulli
Rudy Pulcinelli
The exhibition is the result of an interchange between
artists housed since 2004 at the Center for Contemporary
Art (ACC Essaouira) 'Ifitry' that eventually merged into
the Casablanca Biennal: its coordinator, Renzo Lulli, the
Italian sculptor living and working in Essaouira (except
when his duties as a scriptwriter lead him all around 

Europe) teamed up with Ifitry's artistic director 
Mostapha Romli in shaping the SMS display of artworks.
Cristina Gardumi
Andrea Locci
Marcello Buffa
17 Italian artists, half of them from Pisa, were previously 
invited in Morocco to take part in residential workshops and 
some of the works they created there are now featured in the 
23 artists exhibition at SMS. They all stay put under the same
roof until April the 26th in a gripping show highlighting
Moroccan ties with contemporary art as well as the
unique Ifitry project, a global art lab where the only
spoken language is the language of art.
Abderrahmane Ouardane

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