Grammar of the Earth
Fatiha Zemmouri was born in 1966 in Casablanca, Morocco, and is based between there and Tahannaout. She graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Casablanca, in 1987. She makes drawings, collages, paintings, and sculptures that reflect on the interactions and transformations of natural materials (such as coal, wood, and earth) and phenomena (water, fire). Using processes of construction and deconstruction, and focusing on the evolution of material over time, she creates poetic works that evoke human frailty and mortality.
Recent solo exhibitions include Intra Muros, Comptoir des Mines Galerie, Marrakech (2020); Paper Borders, Galerie Katharina Maria Raab, Art Week Berlin (2019); Materia Prima, Scuderie Ducali di Palazzo Acquaviva, Atri, Venice (2018); Chant état transitoire, Galerie 38, Casablanca (2017); Vibrations, Artspace Gallery, Dubai, and Materia Lumen, Dar el Kitab, Casablanca (2016). She has also participated in numerous group shows, including The Sowers – Les Semeurs, Thalie Foundation, Brussels, and Zone Franche, Saison Africa 2020, Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris (2021); Material Insanity, Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, Marrakech (2019); Akal Argiles, carte blanche, Espace Expressions Fondation CDG, Rabat, Morocco (2018); Ailleurs est ici, Galerie Françoise Livinec, Huelgoat, France (2017); and Marrakech Biennale (2016).