First set of artists announced for the International Biennale of Casablanca 2020

Buhlebezwe Siwani, AmaHubo – Short Film, 2018
The fifth edition of the biennale, entitled “The Words Create Images” and due to take place from September 24 to November 1 of 2020, has revealed its first lot of international participating artists.


From over 500 applications, these 41 artists were selected from around the world, representing 29 countries between them. Over half of the participants are African - a strong start for the biennale’s aim to foster an intercultural dialogue between Moroccan and African artists and the global art scene.


A further list of artists is expected by early 2020, featuring local Moroccan artists, collaborations, and artists in the Ifitry Residency programme, with which the biennial is partnered.


List of participating artists:


Kelani Abass (Nigeria)

Mohamed Abdelkarim (Egypt)

Soraya Abu Nabaa (Dominican Republic/USA)

Immaculate Mali Anderu (Uganda)

Wendimagegn Belete (Ethiopia)

Zineb Benjelloun (Morocco)

Lina Ben Rejeb (Tunisia)

Rehema Chachage (Tanzania)

Ishita Chakraborty (India)

Kyoo Choix (South Korea)

Aisha Jemila Daniels (USA)

Annalee Davis (Barbados)

Ali El-Darsa (Lebanon/Canada)

Badr El Hammami (Morocco)

Mohamed Elmarsy (Egypt)

Fehras Publishing Practices (Syria/Germany)

Alessandra Ferrini (Italy)

Amira Hanafi (Egypt/USA)

Emilia Izquierdo (UK)

Khaled Kaddal (Egypt)

Euridice Kala (Mozambique)

Hamedine Kane (Senegal)

Lebohang Kganye (South Africa)

Sharlene Khan (South Africa)

Alice Mann (South Africa)

Madeleine Mbida (Cameroon)

Algernon Miller (USA)

Miki Nitadori (Japan)

Jared Onyango (Kenya)

Boryana Petkova (Bulgaria)

Ada Pinkston (USA

Rina Ralay-Ranaivo (Madagascar)

Irene Antonia Diane Reece (USA)

Gonzalo Reyes Araos (Chile)

Heather Ross (UK)

Ahmed Shawky Hassan (Egypt)

Kelly Sinnapah Mary (France)

Buhlebezwe Siwani (South Africa)

Alcaeus Spyrou (Greece)

Hiroko Tsuchimoto (Japan)

Sue Williamson (South Africa)



Incubation programme at the BIC Project Space (January to July 2020):


Gilles Aubry (Switzerland)

Ihsane Boudrig (Morocco)

Bianca Baldi (South Africa)

Shiraz Bayjoo (Mauritius)

Saïd Raïs (Morocco)

Ben Saint-Maxent (France)

Filip Van Dingenen (Belgium)



Ifitry residency programme:


Hélène Jayet (France)

Khadija Tnana (Morocco)



Curatorial research and collaborations:


Yvon Ngassam (Cameroon)

Oliver Ressler (Austria)