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Giving contours to invisible figures: Post-reflections on Migrations. Narratives. Movements. exhibition at Villa des Arts, Rabat

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Noticing the growing precariousness of migrants in Morocco, ‘Giving contours to invisible figures’ is a commentary on the lessons learned from my collaboration with ‘Arts for Advocacy’ on Migrations. Narratives. Movements., an exhibition held at Villa des Arts, Rabat. The article engages with migration in the broad sense, and how it is addressed by curatorial practice. It discusses the display’s theoretical apparatus in the light of bold uncertainties due to the invisibility of the figure of the migrant, and the apparent disjuncture of my expectations with regard to the Moroccan context. I argue that the subject of migration calls for a widening of the borders of curatorial practice, at least in Morocco, precisely because of the geographies of mobility, heterogeneous ideas of globalization and common sense overlap.
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Keywords: Morocco; curatorial; exhibition; migrant narratives; opacity; performativity; visual arts

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2019

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  • The course of cultures at both local and global levels is crucially affected by migratory movements. In turn, culture itself is turned migrant. This journal will advance the study of the plethora of cultural texts on migration produced by an increasing number of cultural practitioners across the globe who tackle questions of culture in the context of migration. They do this in a variety of ways and through a variety of media. To name but a few relevant aspects of this juncture of migration and culture, questions of dislocation, travel, borders, diasporic identities, transnational contacts and cultures, cultural memory, the transmission of identity across generations, questions of hybridity and cultural difference, the material and oral histories of migration and the role of new technologies in bridging cultures and fostering cultural cross-pollination will all be relevant. Methodologies of research will include both the study of 'texts' and fieldwork.
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