Hicham Gardaf, Marrakech artist

Hicham Gardaf – Marrakesh artist

Hicham Gardaf, Marrakech artist

This week sees the opening of Hicham Gardaf’s exhibition ‘Extimacy’ at Gallery 127. The show will run from 1-23 November. Extimacy includes two series, Tangier Diaries and Cafes. This body of work dates back to 2010 and primarily shows intimate portraits of the legendary cafes of Tangier.

The works aim to be intimate without falling into the trap of exhibitionism. Essentially, the show is an exploration of limits while the images are simple. One photograph may be of two chairs and a table in front of a peeling wall, another might be of a man watching a television in a cafe. It is the composition that is most striking as well as the light and colours.

Marrakech is certainly gearing up to be preeminent centre for photography in Africa. The city is currently hosting the first in a series of exhibitions in the lead up to the opening of a permanent home for the new Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Art (MMPVA), which is due to open in 2016, designed by British architect Sir David Chipperfield. Currently, the museum is using the city’s El Badi Palace as a temporary space.

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