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Hana Tefrati is a choreographer, performer, visual artist and curator.
She is a Moroccan-German artist, based in Marrakesh since 2013
where she curates international residency programs, art events
and founded the Queens Collective in 2012.
After her graduation from the European Dance Development Center (EDDC)
/ Dance Academy in Arnhem, Netherlands in 2006 she has worked
internationally with several artists and choreographers. She was awarded the Dance Web Scholarship in 2011 and worked with Tino Sehgal during the Documenta13.
The project Maroc Artist Meeting (MAM) which she founded in 2012 became a partner project of the Marrakesh Biennale 2016.
In 2014 Hana Tefrati established a community art space and home of the Queens Collective.
As artistic director she runs multiple projects, residencies and events in this space.
Though she is currently devoted to create new spaces for experimental movement research in Marrakesh she continues to perform and dance internationally and teach improvisational based dance.
Hana Tefrati is known for embracing improvisation and intuition in any of her creative process as well as for her community based art projects, connecting international artists with communities around the world.
Siham Taflayout is a Moroccan creative social worker, an amazing cook and
live art artist. She has lived in Marrakech since 2008 and runs the cultural
guesthouse Priscilla Queen of the Medina. She gives creative cooking classes and
develops her work at the interface of cooking and performance.
always longing to speak to our inherent need
to seek our core
to harvest our seed in fruitful soil
not depending on factions but finding our own
the attempt towards the understanding of the rooted seed
can only strive within the inner self
I tiptoe within reasoning the condition of it own experience,
in a constant struggle within our foundations,
our forgotten beginnings
Investigating without boundaries
Questioning all received knowledge
which derives from our ancestors
the need to engage the fundamental reason
for human existence
at the same time embracing the tragedy which lays bare
in the ignorance of our beginnings
embracing the darkness inside the light
Im trying to recreate which has been lost
to highlight that which already exists, has always been, and will remain.
and this can only be given through images and materials
who are in a constant dialogue within themselves
only as a metaphoric connection
abstraction stirs deep in the nature of existence and the individual
and at the same time penetrates with golden arrows
in a kind of spiritual silence
an approach to the concept of the sublime,
gazing towards a space where chaos becomes order and order becomes chaos
an attempt to grasp the whole
my attempt to connect with the vastness in time of a beginning or the end
between hither and yon
as creation and destruction are one in the same
I, as a painter, depict both the pains and joys
of seeking out and growing closer to our roots.
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