Comptoir des mines galerie

ABDELAZIZ ZERROU

Abdelaziz Zerrou was born in Casablanca in 1982. He lives and works between Switzerland and Morocco.
A graduate of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan, Abdelaziz Zerrou is a multidisciplinary artist who juggles video, installation and drawing while using innovative techniques. He is committed to an artistic approach with a contemporary orientation; and while using a wide range of materials as part of his creative protocol, he has a particular attachment for the graphic register. The artist’s interest in this visual element shows his high propensity for universal symbolic figures, characterized by enhanced legibility and visibility, since they are usually processed in a schematic and graphic manner. In his creations, the artist aims at achieving a certain degree of visual efficiency whose enunciation must be obvious, clear and immediately perceptible.
His artistic proposal, indeed, brings together all the attributes of a body of work that seeks efficiency at all costs, at the risk of being viewed as simplistic. The artist “instrumentalizes” emblematic icons of superstition that are deeply embedded in Moroccan folk culture so as to represent and suggest another perspective. This approach is reflected in his works and artistic interventions at national and international levels: he exhibited his work at “Spazio 1929” (Lugano, Switzerland); Musée de la Photographie et des Arts visuels (Marrakech, Morocco) ; “Fabbrica del Vapore” (Milan, Italy) ; Musée Mohammed VI d’Art Moderne et Contemporain (Rabat, Morocco) ; “Galleria Continua” (Le Moulin, France) ; “New Art Exchange” Museum (Nottingham, England), etc.

ARTISTIC EDUCATION

2007 Diploma of second level in Visual Arts, The National Institute of Fine Arts, Tetouan
2005 Diploma of first level in Graphic Design, The National Institute of Fine Arts, Tetouan
2003 High School Degree, major in Visual Arts, Jaber ben Hayyane, Casablanca

RESIDENCIES

2017 European Capital of Culture 2018 - City of Valetta, Malta
2015 Art residence aley, Lebanon
2014 Dar Al-Ma’mûn, Marrakech, Morocco
2014 French Institute, Tétouan, Morocco
2014 French Institute, Casablanca, Morocco
2014 Le Cube, Rabat, Morocco
2013 Artellewa, Cairo, Egypt
2013 DordtYart, Dordrecht, Netherland
2012 Dar Al-Ma’mûn, Marrakech, Morocco
2012 Rondo-Studio, Graz, Austria
2011 Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, France
2009 Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy, Damascus, Syria

EXHIBITIONS

2018 Gabriel Caruana Foundation, Valetta, Malta
2018 « Traversées, Crossings, عبور», Comptoir des Mines Galerie, Marrakech
2017 Museum Kunst(Zeug)Haus Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland
2017 Galerie daniel agostini, lugano, Switzerland
2017 Comptoir des Mines Galerie, Marrakech
2016 Parcours Humain, Embroiderers of Actuality, Tramdepot, Bern
2016 Biennale of Marrakech 6, “swap-laboratoire de la mondialité”, Marrakech
2015 Museum for Photography and Visual Arts, Marrakech, Morocco
2015 Swiss Institute Milano, group exhibition, Milano
2014 Museum Mohammed VI of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rabat, Morocco
2014 Modern art center tetouan, Morocco
2014 Fabbrica del Vapore, “Subversion of the sensible”, curated by Marco Trulli, Milano
2014 Lokal-Int, “Embroiderers of Actuality # Cairo”, Bienne/Biel, Switzerland
2014 Le Cube Art Room, “Embroiderers of Actuality # Rabat”, Rabat, Morocco
2014 Artellewa Independent Art Space, “Embroiderers of Actuality # Cairo”, Cairo, Egypt
2012 Spheres IV, Galleria Continua / Le Moulin, France
2012 WEYA, New Art Exchange Museum, Nottingham, England
2012 Galerie G 69, Graz, Austria
2011 6th International Festival of Performance art INFR’ACTION Sète, France
2011 Transparency, a group exhibition Fabrique Cultural Casablanca, Morocco
2010 2nd Biennal of Marrakech, Morocco
2010 2nd Edition Triennial of Luanda, Angola
2010 Artendencias Festival, Madrid, Spain
2010 Dignity, French Institut Rabat, Morocco
2010 Galerie Mohamed El Fassi Rabat, Morocco
2009 Body, Societe General Bank, Casablanca
2008 3rd Edition of the documentary film festival, Casablanca
2008 « Boulevard » International Music Festival workshop, Casablanca
2008 13th Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Bari, Italy
2008 15th Edition of International Video Art Festival, Casablanca
2007 Chorography and languages workshop, exploring audiovisual and interactive communication, Attijari Wafabank, Casablanca
2007 Tactile performance, Theatre Mohammed VI, Casablanca
2007 Video Installation, Dance F’lappart festival, Dar Chrifa, Royal Theatre, Dar Bellarj, Marrakech
2007 2nd Meeting of Chorographers in Marrakech
2004 Collective exhibition, Youth Delegation , Rabat
2003 Centre Kamal Zabdi, Casablanca

PUBLIC COLLECTION

The Royal Palace, Rabat, Morocco
Fundação Sindika Dokolo, Luanda, Angola
Societe Generale Bank, Casablanca, Morocco
Moroccan Minister of Culture, Rabat, Morocco
Art Collection of Credit Suisse, Zurich, Switzerland
Art Collection of Canton Ticino, Switzerland