Marrakech is undoubtedly a city of history and culture. As proof, the opening of a new meeting space from the end of May 2017: Dar Moulay Ali - House of France in Marrakech.
Situated in the shade of the Koutoubia, close to the souks of Marrakech and the famous Jemaa El Fna square, Dar Moulay Ali is a historic palace in the heart of the red city. A XNUMXth century building which has seen famous figures from Marrakech pass through its walls.
First the home of Prince Moulay Ali, the house was then bought by France, which made it the residence of its generals, before becoming its consular seat. Today Dar Moulay Ali Palace houses the residence of the French Consul, since the transfer of the Consulate offices to Guéliz in 2007.
Following its restoration, Dar Moulay Ali rediscovers all its harmony and splendor, and opens part of its building to the public as of May 23, 2017. The premises of the former Consulate become a new cultural space in Marrakech : "Dar Moulay Ali - House of France in Marrakech".
This place that recalls the memory of the Palace and the consular residence, will welcome exhibitions and meetings throughout the year, the tea room and the travel shop will offer a space of conviviality perfect for travelers and the curious.
Dar Moulay Ali - House of France in Marrakech, was officially inaugurated on Monday May 22, 2017, in the presence of the French Consul in Marrakech, Mr. Eric Gérard, the Director of the French Institute in Marrakech, Mr. Christophe Pomez, and His Excellency the Ambassador of France to Morocco, Mr. Jean-François Girault. By their side, many official Moroccan authorities as well as the Professor Hamid Triki and Richard Edwards, co-authors of the book "Dar Moulay Ali, journey to the heart of memory".
From February 21 to 12 May 2018, Dar Moulay Ali - Maison de la France in Marrakech will welcome its 3rd exhibition. C'est "Riad" by Walid Marfouk which is in the spotlight. Starting from the principle that the Western media only show a very partial reality of the Orient, the artist develops through his works a pictorial language, a visual syntax, which allowssee a fragment of Morocco as he sees it. He tries tobring diversity to a western model centered on too often anonymous images of pain and misery.
From February 21 to April 28, 2018, Dar Moulay Ali - Maison de la France in Marrakech also hosts a retrospective of the works of photographer Daoud Aoulad-Syad. If the event takes place in 3 essential places in Marrakech, we discover "Morocco in color", Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m., with his completely new vintage prints in cibachrome.
Then, from May 3 to July 28, 2018, Dar Moulay Ali will present his 4th exhibition "A fragile poetry - Camille Lepage & Leila Alaoui". The two photographers, Camille Lepage and Leila Alaoui, had decided to testify to the harshness of the world through photography. A commitment that cost them their lives. Camille Lepage died in 2014 while reporting on diamond mining in the Central African Republic; Leila Alaoui in 2016 in Burkina Faso when she produced a series of images for Amnesty International.
The two young women left behind a work through often difficult photographs because they bear witness to tragedies. But in the midst of this chaos, they knew how to grasp brief moments of delicacy and fragile moments of poetry. Dar Moulay Ali pays tribute to them until July 28, 2018. An opening will take place on 03/05 at 19 p.m.
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