An exhibition of Meriem Bennani and Fatima Mazmouz
Raw Queens offers a cultural and political re-evaluation of the perceptions of women in the Arab world, and especially in Morocco. Curated by Yasmina Naji, featuring artists Fatima Mazmouz and Meriem Bennani, the exhibition explores art, feminism and post-colonialism. As an art project it seeks to open new spaces for conversation on gender and popular culture, constructing a new representation of indigenous figures of power.
The exhibition is part of Shubbak, London’s biennial festival of Arab contemporary culture. It is the final exhibition in The Mosaic Rooms series of modernist and contemporary art from Egypt, Iran and Morocco.
Fatima Mazmouz lives and works in Casablanca, Morocco. Through her multimedia practice, photography, performance and installation she often questions individual and cultural identities.
Meriem Benanni is based in New York and was born in Rabat in Morocco. She works in video, sculpture, multimedia installation, drawing and Instagram. She is known for her playful and humorous use of digital technologies such as 3D animation and motion capture.
Yasmina Naji is the founder of Kulte Center for Contemporary Art and Editions in Rabat, Morocco.
Image: Ghariba/Stranger (still), Meriem Bennani, (2017). Film.