Curators : Meriem Berrada and Isabelle Renard

Fruit of a partnership between the Musée d’Art Contemporain Africain Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakech and the Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration in Paris, the exhibition Ce qui s’oublie et ce qui reste explores the idea of dissemination in the works of eighteen artists from the African continent and its diasporas.Today, as communication, rolling news and social media – but also individualism – reign supreme, what can we say about dissemination? What of that action whose purpose is to pass on to a new generation memories, compendia of personal recollections and slices of life gleaned here and there?

© Studio Joël Andrianomearisoa

Above and beyond traditions, rituals and the intergenerational transmission of knowledge and skills, what methods of linguistic, political, spiritual and social dissemination shape our world view and construct our identity?
With its personal accounts that provide a broad historical perspective, the exhibition Ce qui s’oublie et ce qui reste combines heritages and circulations, and examines issues of frontiers and migrations, bonds between generations, and history and memory on either side of the Mediterranean and over the African continent
Paintings, weaves, sculptures, videos, installations and performances – some of them commissioned works produced by artists representative of the vitality of African art – are devoted as much to exchanges as to break-ups and that which has been forgotten, omitted or made invisible.
Counter to the colourful representations of a supposed African artistic production, the intention of Ce qui s’oublie et ce qui reste, as it alternates between continuity and points of separation, is to debunk the clichés of a visual identity related to the continent. Far from homogenous, the visual accounts of the artists reveal a plethora of specificities, facets and complexities.

“to the memory of all

of nostalgia

of history

to the diversity

of the present

in memory of all

of an account

of an era

to the multiple


to the memory of all

of forgotten 


to certainty

to an excellent future”  – Joël Andrianomearisoa