Yasmine Laraqui is a curator and a visual artist born in 1989 in Casablanca. She holds a BFA from ENSA Paris-Cergy (2012), an MFA from School of Visual Arts, NYC (2014),
Yasmine has developed an interest in curating shows when she was an art student. Her personal work has been shown between 2009 and 2015 in France, Morocco, the U.S, Netherlands, Canada, Spain, Sweden, Italy and China for exhibitions, fairs, and biennales including the Marrakech Biennale, Photo L.A, 1;54 Contemporary African Art Fair, and PhotoMed Festival amongst others.
Yasmine also co-founded Youth's Talking and Awiiily (2010-2014), two independent curatorial structures promoting non-conformist international artists, with an emphasis on emerging Moroccan artists.
In 2016, she's mostly dedicated her time to researching, art curating and corporate creative directions.
Yasmine Laraqui has opened Dasthe Art Space and Agency in Casablanca in September 2017. The institution aims at promoting local and international emerging artists through a monthly curated exhibition. Starting 201 9 DASTHE will work as a nomadcuratorial structure.
PLAYS - theatrical performances 2015
Sparkling Molotovs and Autonomous geographies - 2013-14
set of multimedia installations (School of Visual Arts - MFA Thesis, Photo Video and related media, 2014)
Urban Weastern screening curated by Tiger Cai, 25th Bowery nyc 2015, Marrakech Biennale - Off 2016, 1:54 AAF London 2017
In the wake of the Moroccan Arab Spring uprising, Yasmine Laraqui reflects on the global allure of mass demonstrations, from protests to rave parties. She questions the extent to which the easthetics of mass gatherings - as experienced in real time and online - have overwhelmed their ostensible aim of social commentary or political revolution.
Bonnie Yochelson, art curator
PEEPARABIEH - 2014
Photos installation 16 mini polaroids in plexiglass boxes,
This piece is composed by a series of 16 mini polaroids , displayed in plexiglass boxes.
These have their front sides designed as a moucharabieh. The moucharabieh has preserved the intimacy of urban householders in Arabic architectures since the Middle Age. As old medina houses were packed and particularly close one to the other, this structure allowed people to see what was happening in the street without being seen. By adding the changing color led lights and the peepholes in the middle of the moucharabieh as to recall peep shows, the viewer is invited to experience a paradoxical definition of the structure as he’s led to take a voyeur position to see the photographs through the holes.
The present series deals with Arab women body representations in the cyberspace. The polaroids have been taken from amateur videos of women -whom are most of the time dancing- that have been stollen and diffused on different websites created to criticize and diminish them.
Spectrum Art Fair, Basel Week - Miami 2014
THEMIS CITY - 2012
The last one is a collaborative piece I'm elaborating with Gaetan Henrioux. The work is a multimedia installation piece, composed by text-videos and digital paintings integrated into geometrical plastic elements. We're building a dystopian city based on the architecture of the panopticon, in which plastic elements shape colorful skyscrapers. We're exploring Foucault's idea as reshaped by the digital era by people such as William Bogard ; that we are somehow heading to a surveillance that would be its own simulation. "Increasingly the technological enlargement of the field of perceptual control, the erasure of distance in the speed of electronic information has pushed surveillance beyond the very limits of speed toward the purest form of anticipation"
Inspired by this, we thought of this transparent and visually attractive city, where people as contributors of their own shared data-bases would see personalized ads catch-phrases (taken from real suggested websites through Facebook etc) and surrealist cityscapes as representing their supposed geolocalizations. The very idea of panopticon is annihilated as a result to new social structures (physical and virtual) where each individual is self-conditioned to share and expose personal informations. In this way, the order imagined to "discipline and punish" becomes ironically the ideal of human interactions.
deconstruction neo orientalism - 2010 - ongoing