Guim Tio Zarraluki and Alessandro Chiodo @ Binennale Marrakech 05 - Partner project
"I MADE YOU A PORTRAI IN BACKLIGHT" Video HD 3min. @ Dar Bellarj Foundation, Marrakech (26/02 - 31/03/2014)
Guim Tio Zarraluki @ Binennale Marrakech 05 - Partner project
"HUMAN STUPIDITY HAS IT LIMITS" Wall paint, chalks, 2014 @ Dar Bellarj Foundation, Marrakech (26/02 - 31/03/2014)
curated by Alessandro Chiodo, Aniko Boehler- SUPER ERROR - LOPPIS GALLERY - MOROCCO EXPERIENCE AND PROJECTS
Where are we now? In answer to the ques.on posed by the 5th edition of the Marrakech Biennale (26 February – 31 March 2014), Guim Tió has responded with an ideological conviction tinged with the humour of an artist who is confronted, especially in Spain, with a dilemma created by the closure of borders and the rejection of migrants. His performance, carried out in the public space of the medina, does not defy the laws of the country that forbids drawing on walls except using chalk, and adheres to the aesthetic rules of the city of Marrakech to respect its original ochre red colour. Next to the Ben Youssef Medersa, the historical landmark of learning, Guim has taken over the wall of Dar Bellarj, where you will find numerous pieces of art created within the context of the Biennale, generic portraits without gender identity, class or race, pain.ngs of the individual trapped in the stupidity of immigration laws. There are long strips of tape which outline the grill behind which appears, as if in a nega.ve, a portrait of a person deprived of their freedom but still retaining a hypnotic gaze, omniscient, naïve, like that of a child, neither insolent nor provocative, just perceptive. A message wriXen in French and Arabic makes the scope of the work accessible to all and draws attention to the complicity of all who pass by: “Human stupidity has it limits. Dedicated to those who perish at the frontiers.” His performance, transforming a wall into a picture, substitutes the symbol of a border with a sensitive portrayal of someone who understands the condition of a migrant. Corinne Cauvin Verner
« La stupidité humaine a ses limites. Dédié à ceux qui périssent aux frontières »
Interview with Guim Tio , by Corinne Cauvin Verner
I am Guim Tió Zarraluki, and right now I don’t know where I am but I hope that tomorrow I will know where I am today.
I have a workshop in Barcelona, and I oben work there but my work also leads me far from Barcelona, outside of Spain. I’ve had the opportunity to showcase my work in different places, in Parma, Taiwan and Mexico.
My work here is a reflection on frontiers and what they symbolise, especially with all the problems there are today between Morocco and Spain where so many people are trying to cross the border. The most important thing for me is simply to eliminate frontiers. The problem is that it depends on where one is lucky enough to be born. Although we are all the same and that shouldn’t count. We live on the same planet, so it should not be as difficult to pass from one country to another.
Usually I don’t work with the theme of frontiers, I concentrate more on the world of portraits and the concept of beauty. However, recently I am beginning to work on wall art, the idea is to take to the streets and to provoke conversation within the city. Each place has something special to offer, it is necessary to talk with the people of the city, to live there, living and being the man on the street is different from an exhibi.on or in your workshop, you go firstly into the city and meet people, you become one of them and aberwards you reflect on what you are going to do.
I am only a beginner, I’m only 26 years of age, I am always in the process of experimenting, l love trying new things, I think that is the most important thing, trying; that which you know how to do, you know how to do it, but you have to be able to take it to where you want to be, until you are satisfied. Experiment to the maximum. And when you see that you can go no further, try something else. There you have it: I am trying and I really hope that I will do this all my life.
I’ve never been to Marrakech, not even to Morocco, and it’s always enriching to travel and experience other cultures, to be in different social environments, and I believe that this is the main reason for travelling, a cultural exchange is the most posi.ve part of travelling. It is also about discovering another world that is very different to mine, it’s the world of video. I have collaborated on another piece of work apart from this, I’ve worked with Alessandro Chiodo who I met in Parma. We have made a video that we are presenting here and it’s the project ‘SUPER ERROR’ that has led me here with him, which has made me feel part of the family and it’s this that is important to me.
Enjoy life because it is very short. Enjoy every moment with those who love you and be kind to those who don’t know you.
Franch Translation: Raphael Liais du Rocher
English Translation Katherine Dady
BIENNALE TV - Le Petit Journal De La Biennale, épisode 04 #MB5TV
With Alexander Ponomarev and Guim Tio Zarraluki
Music courtesy: Guy Farley http://www.guy-farley.com/
Music courtesy: Piernicola Di Muro www.piernicoladimuro.com
Translation and voice over: Raphael Liais du Rocher
Video Courtesy: Super Error and Loppis Gallery
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MARRAKECH BIENNALE 05
26/02/2014 - 31/03/2014
sous le Haut Patronage de Sa Majesté le Roi Mohammed VI
under the Royal Patronage from his Majesty The King Mohammed VI