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Nadir Bouhmouch

Through image, sound and text, Nadir Bouhmouch is a storyteller, researcher and cultural worker based in Marrakech. While some of his artistic work, like Timnadin N Rif (2017) and Amussu (2019) could be loosely defined as a poetic political cinema, Nadir has also researched and published photo essays, articles and short stories like Before the End of the World: Art and Ideology in Bled Siba (2019), Quetzalcoatl’s Visit to Jbel Azurki: Or How Maize Came to Be Grown in the Atlas (2022) and Unlike Peasants (2022). The focus of most of his work, whether visual, aural or textual is almost always cultural decolonisation, agriculture, ecological struggles and land rights amongst Amazigh communities. However, while his filmic practice tends to consist of participatory processes which involve rural communities in the writing, production and even post-production; his textual practice is a more individual endeavour. As a cultural worker, Nadir is also the co-founder of AWAL, an art and research programme which trains researchers and artists to encourage audiovisual documentation of disappearing oral traditions in Moroccan rural areas. As part of AWAL, Nadir has co-curated exhibitions including All the Countries Without Legends are Condemned to Freeze to Death (2021) at LE18, Marrakech and A Door to the Sky or a Plea for Rain (2022) at documenta fifteen. He is now currently working on Remedies for Monotony, a multi-disciplinary project on apple harvest workers and climate change in the High Atlas.

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