Temporary Exhibition - until 29 August 2021

What is forgotten and what remains



Born out of the collaboration between the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakesh and the National Museum of the History of Immigration in Paris, the exhibition Ce qui s’oublie et ce qui reste (What is forgotten and what remains) explores the concept of transmission through the works of eighteen artists from the African continent and its diasporas.

What does transmission mean in this age of communication, breaking news and social media, but also individualism ? What is this act that is destined to pass on to another generation, a memory, a collection of personal experiences, slices of life built up at home and abroad ? In addition to the traditions and rituals surrounding the passing on of know-how and knowledge from generation to generation, what linguistic, political, spiritual and social modes of dissemination fashion our vision of the world and shape us ?

Ranging from personal stories to a broad historic perspective, Ce qui s’oublie et ce qui reste brings together heritage and movement, addressing questions of frontiers and migration, of links between generations, of history and memory on both sides of the Mediterranean and within the African continent.

Paintings, weavings, sculptures, videos, installations, performances, some commissioned from artists representative of the vitality of African art, focus equally on exchanges and ruptures, on that which is forgotten, omitted, rendered invisible. Running counter to colourful representations of a supposedly African artistic production, Ce qui s’oublie et ce qui reste swings between continuity and breaking points, seeking to do away with the clichés of visual identity associated with the continent. Far from building up a uniform whole, the visual narratives of the artists are revealed in all their specificities, their facets and complexity.

With works by 

Amina Agueznay (Morocco), Ishola Akpo (Benin), Joel Andrianomearisoa (Madagascar/France), Sammy Baloji (Democratic Republic of Congo), Hicham Benohoud (Morocco), M’Barek Bouhchichi (Morocco), Frédéric Bruly-Bouabré (Côte d’Ivoire), Emo de Medeiros (Benin/ France), Badr El Hammami (Morocco), Abdessamad El Montassir (Morocco), Ymane Fakhir (Morocco), Meschac Gaba (Benin), Hamedine Kane (Mauritania/Senegal), Anuar Khalifi (Morocco), Malik Nejmi (France/Morocco), Btihal Remli (Morocco/Germany), Zineb Sedira (France/UK/Algeria), Lerato Shadi (South Africa/Germany).

The Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL)

The Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakech is an independent, not-for-profit contemporary art museum. One of the first of its kind on the continent, MACAAL is dedicated to the promotion of African art through its diverse exhibition and education programmes, cultivating the interest of a wide audience base. The museum nurtures an understanding of contemporary art from Africa through collecting and exhibiting established and emerging artists, highlighting the creative energy and cultural diversity found across the continent. MACAAL showcases art from Morocco and its neighbouring countries across a range of media. In addition to the permanent collection, exhibitions focus on art which engages in a dialogue with the continent, including African and international artists.


In the framework of the Africa 2020 season