Arte marroquina

Não escondo que a viagem ao Marrocos me marcou e rendeu histórias. Lembro de duas mulheres estrangeiras que conheci ali. Uma, francesa, dona do hostel onde me hospedei pela primeira vez em Marrakech. A impressão era de que ela estava ali pelo acaso, pelo preço e pela oportunidade que a diferença de moeda lhe permitia explorar. Jovem, loura, bonita, mal conhecia a cultura marroquina e não parecia querer conhecer. Conheci a outra em Fez, no meio da medina, e não trocamos nenhuma palavra. Mas ela me despertou curiosidade e, meses depois, durante pesquisas incessantes na internet, descobri quem era.

Jess Stephens é uma artista do País de Gales, que explora a beleza dos materiais marroquinos em peças lindas. Mais do que isso: ela realiza e coordena projetos culturais e oferece workshops a artistas e músicos da região. Jess escolheu viver ali, no Marrocos, e impactar a vida de quem vive ao redor com sua arte.  A ideia de viver da arte e levar um pouquinho dessa mesma arte para quem vive ali mexeu comigo.

Vou reproduzir aqui parte de uma entrevista com a artista, retirada daqui.

 Jess, how did you come to live in Sefrou?

Jess: Having spent years living in Spain as a practicing artist and English teacher I decided it was time for the next chapter of my life. Calculations lead me to realize that establishing an artist residence in a rich cultural surroundings was my chosen path. I thrive on connecting people, inspiring collaborations and encouraging creativity. Sefrou ticked many practical boxes for such an artist residency. I am continuously delighted to live in this town. 

What has been the biggest challenge of building a life for yourself in Morocco?

Jess: With respect to Fez , the lack of a modern arts culture, especially in such a big and important ‘cultural’ city, I find this very disappointing as an artist thirsty for artistic interaction and fodder.

Tell me about your pop up shop? How did this idea come about?

Jess: The idea was suggested to me by a designer who lives in the medina (Fes el Bali). (…) Recently I’ve been trying to open myself up to signs and suggestions that the world is sending out. It has and is a great experience to have a showroom/exhibit in the heart of the medina. There is a very eclectic range of public that pass, glance and enter the space, from sacred music festival goers to the local residents and traders. An experience I hope to repeat. Bedouin Bonbon is installed for two weeks only and its stint finishes this coming Thursday. The high energy input that goes with time span of the project suits me down to the ground. 

What’s the best  and the worst part of living in Morocco? 

Jess: Leaning something new all the time, seeing the great aspects of Islam and Arabic cul

ture, having a social life with out having to arrange one, being challenged and constantly rewarded. For me, living 

here is very rich. Morocco definitely forces me to survive creatively which at times is very exhaustin

g and risky. Moroccan society, I feel, is there for me and protective but lack of employment opportunities makes making a living hard if you are not business inclined.

 If someone comes just to visit Morocco, what would you recommend they see or do?

Jess: Meet the people, they are one of the best aspects of this country. Don’t travel city to city, that in my opinion is far too intense. See some of the countryside and living and the beautiful landscapes. Sit in one spot for some time so as to absorb the rich culture and know its beauty. 

Para conhecer melhor o trabalho da Jess, é só acessar:

www.etsy.com/shop/jessiculture
http://culturevulturesfez.wordpress.com
http://moroccanbling.wordpress.com

 

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