The Moroccan artist Abdellatif Ben Faidoul, resident at the Rijksakademie in 2001 and 2002, developed in cooperation with Abdelaziz Taleb a Video Art Platform in Agadir (Morocco) under the name Taleb Cherche Midi. In the framework of RAIN.
Aim of the video artists is to establish a platform for video art in Morocco that will stimulate the knowledge, possibilities and experience for video artists in the country. It wants to stimulate an open and critically debate and wishes to create an alternative space for a new generation of artists.
The organisation of internationally video art workshops with European video artists and Moroccan video art students was a starting point in this process and wanted to make the connection between the art worlds from the east and the west.
Videokaravaan is curated by Abdelaziz Taleb and Abdellatif Benfaidoul, two Moroccan artists, now living in Cologne and Amsterdam. They see the project as a "nomadic program", which, amongst other things includes a database of video artists and filmmakers from the Arab and North African region.
Videokaravaan is travelling through various countries using presentations and discussions to expand the current aesthetics of video and media practices, diversify the Western perspective of art from the Arab world, and to acquaint the West with Arab artists. An additional goal is to generate a network of interdisciplinary cooperation.
This website is only shows some of the activities.
For more information: see the website www.videokaravaan.org.
Taleb Cherche Midi is presenting its new film about Arab stereotypes in Western media at Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam, 23/11 at 5.45 pm, 24/11 at 5.45 pm & 2/12 at 3.45 pm
For program details see:
read » 2009 The fundamentalist
The Fundamentalist is a short film inspired by real events, with fictional details added to it. Many images come from a long period of research about the terrorist mind. For the main character of the film no name), we were inspired by a real act, committed by two Lebanese students in Cologne shortly after the end of the world cup, held in Germany in the summer of 2006. One of them, wearing a German football team T-shirt, walked from the city to the main train station with the intention to blow himself up, before he changed his mind. It is a short film about a young man, who is in a struggle with the walls and demons inside of him.
The main motivation to make this movie is to try to understand and study what really goes on in the mind of the young people, who are charged with explosives, who walk the city with it, ready to launch it from one moment to the other, involving with them many deaths and innocent victims. These Kamikaze people, who are mostly young people, of whom 99% have no knowledge about religion or the actual political agenda. Their only motivation is: because somebody else told them to do it!
read » 2009 11 and 12 april; launch of the Abattoir, Casablanca
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read » 2008 Research for establishing a platform in Casablanca in an old abattoir.
read » 2007 The film ‘Astah’ (The Roof) is selected for the 64th ‘Monstra di Venezia’
Videokaravaan; Abdelaziz Taleb and Abdellatif Benfaidoul (Rijks Akademie 2001-2002, MA)collaborated in the Amsterdam TEST PORTAL project. 2005 a wide-ranging panorama of work from different countries and situations. Some of the key central themes of the selected works are the following: migration; exile and identity; occupied territories; neo-colonialism and resistance; memory and gender, etc. Besides, Videokaravaan team will give a modest homage to Edward Said one of the Arab leading literary critics and intellectuals of the last quarter of the 20th century by showing some of intimate films and documentaries that offers a glimpse at some of Said's reflections on the themes that dominated his life's work.
read » 2006 Media Art Workshop II
Abdelaziz TaIeb ald AbdeIlatif Benfaidoul (RA 2001·2002,MA) organised the second video workshop of the
platform: Ateliers des Arts desMedias incooperation 'Nith the Institute Francais of Agadir.
Fifteen (Moroccan) art students followed workshops scenario, video and digital editing and presented the results
at the end.
read » 2006 Kunstmarokkanen
Videokaravaan; Abdelatif Beofaidoul (RA 2001·2002, MA)
As part of 500 years relations between Morocco and the,Nether1ands, the manifestation Kunstmarokkanen was
organized. An exhibition ald debate toured along seven Dutch cities with the works often Moroccan artists, Iiving
in Holland. Each time the show was accompanied by debates about fine arts and the new society.
Videokaravaan presented the video installation Hands Up AbdeIatif Beo Faidoul.
in Rotterdam (Locus 010),Amsterdam (PostCS), Eidhoven (De witte Dame), Groningen (Remonstrantste Kerk),
Maastricht (Centre Ceramique), Den Haag (Vrije Academie) and Utrecht (centraal Museum).
read » 2005 OVNI, Barcelona (ES)
Abdelaziz Taleb and AbdeIIatif Benfaidoul·(RA-2001-2002;MA)showed a panorama of works from video artists from the Maghreb countries.
Abdelaziz Taleb and Abdellalit Benfaidoul (RA 2001-2012,MA) promoted and presented the works of video artists
from the Maghreb countries at festivals and other art manifestations. At this manifestation the results of the first video
workshop of the platform were presented. Also new connections and relations were made.
read » 2004 Artes y Litratures de Marruecos
Videokaravaan; Abdelaziz Taleb, Abdellatiff Benfaidoul (RA 2001·2002, MA) took part in the Moroccan
contemporay arts and literature festival in Cuenca, Spain.
Videokaravaan team took part in the Moroccan contemporary arts and literature focus at the Cuenca city, Spain.
Many Artists and Writers were present, among them: Hassan Echair, Safaa Erruas, Younès Rahmoun, Toni Serra, Bouchra Khalili, Abdelaziz Taleb, Abdellatif Benfaidoul, Antonio Lozano, Rogelio López, Malika Embarek López, Driss Bouiussef Rekab, Khadija Menebbehi....
The project was organised by Fundación Antonio Pérez, Facultad de Bellas Artes (UCLM), Escuela de Traductores de Toledo (UCLM).
read » 2004 Media Art Workshop
The Morrocan artist Abdellatif Benfaidoul (Residents at the Rijksakademie in 2001-2002 developed in
cooperation with Abdelaziz TaIeb in a Video Art Platform in Agadir (Morocco) under thename Taleb Cherche Midi. In
theframework of RAIN The Rijksakademie isadvising Taleb Cherche Midi in the set-up of the platform.
Sixteen art students made 6 short video films.
read » 2003 New Arab Vido at la caixa art forum (Barcelona, ES)