Aicha El Beloui | Shubbak Festival 2019
We are pleased to present a new work by artist Aicha El Beloui in partnership with the Shubbak Festival 2019. Aicha has been visiting London to research the psychogeography and history of Moroccan immigration.
Gathering personal narratives through interviews, researching the sound archives in the British Library and walking through West London’s streets, the artist discovered the agreements between Morocco, Spain and France as the catalysts to Moroccan presence in the city.
Drawing from this material she will create one of her distinctive maps. Seemingly simply rendered in black and white, they are filled with richly textured incident and associative connections. Charting routes between Morocco and London, and recognising original dreams and aspirations as well as today’s experiences of second and third generation young people, the artist invites the viewer to reflect on themes of citizenship and belonging.
Aicha El Beloui’s map will be available in paper formats, digitally and as an installation, travelling to different sites across the city.
Sat 29 June (10:00am – 6:00pm)
Museum of London, London
Sun 30 June (12:00pm – 7:00pm)
British Library Piazza, London
Sun 7 July (10:00am – 5:30pm)
British Museum, London
Sat 13 & Sun 14 July
River Stage, National Theatre
Aicha El Beloui is a Casablanca-based illustrator, graphic designer, and creative director. Trained as an architect, she worked originally for UNESCO in heritage preservation. She regularly works with communities to discover a neighbourhood and filters her observations into maps and illustrations.
Produced by Cedar Lewisohn. Presented with additional support from Drosos Foundation and Nour Creative Learning Programme in collaboration with Al Hasaniya and FerArts.