Jardin Majorelle Colloquium
Natural Colours and Dyes
This year, the Berber Museum and botanical colloquiums have joined forces to organise a single event, recognising that our relationship with culture and with the environment go hand in hand. Respect for the natural patrimony of Morocco, the Sahel region and North Africa is only possible if we are aware of the diverse human cultures that have enriched the histories of these places and continue today.
The artists, curators and botanists speaking at the colloquium will assist us in better understanding the natural colours derived from plant-based pigments, their properties and the secrets of their production. Beyond the symbolic nature of colours, the colloquium will reveal age-old practices while alerting us to the danger posed by the unbridled use of chemical dyes in the textile industry.
The Jardin Majorelle Colloquium is organised in partnership with the Semlalia College of Science, Marrakech
SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER AND SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2018
PLEASE NOTE THE CONFERENCES WILL BE CONDUCTED IN FRENCH
Saturday 10 November
Guided tour of the Paradis du Safron
by reservation only and limited to 50 participants
Reserve by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The conferences will be held in amphitheatre 10 at the Semlalia College of Science (FSSM)
Boulevard Prince Moulay Abdella, Marrakech
3:00 pm: INTRODUCTION
Mr. Saâd A. Tazi, Director of the Grand Majorelle
Mr. Hassan Hbid, Dean of the FSSM
3:15 pm: CONFERENCE
The dye-producing plant families
Prof. Ahmed Ouhammou, Doctor of Ecological Science, Professor at the Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech
3:45 pm: CONFERENCE
The traditional colours of Moroccan carpets
Ms. Hanane Labchir, Curator working with the Department of Culture in Marrakech
4:15 pm: PAUSE
4:30 pm: CONFERENCE
Techniques used in the past for the dying of carpet wool
Mr. Michel Garcia, botanist, chemist and dyer specialised in natural pigments
5:30 pm: END OF THE FIRST DAY OF THE COLLOQUIUM
Sunday 11 November
10:30 am: CONFERENCE
The use of indigo in the design field and contemporary art
Mr. Aboubakar Fofana, artist using fermented indigo dye and mineral tinctures
11:45 am: CONFERENCE
The restoration of old textiles
Ms. Thalia Bajon-Bouzid, Curator and restorer of textile arts
12:30 am – 2:30 pm: LUNCH PAUSE
2h30 pm: CONFERENCE
The subjective relationship with colour in the Amazigh language
Mr. M’barek Bouhchichi, Artist and teacher, Tahannaout
3:15 pm: CONFERENCE
A garden of dye-producing plants in Tangier
Ms. Yto Barrada, Multidisciplinary visual artist, New York
4:00 pm: FILM PROJECTION
RiverBlue (2016), a film by Mark Angelo; 1h35m
5:40 pm: CLOSING REMARKS
Mr. Björn Dahlström, Director of the Berber Museum and the mYSLm
6:00 pm: END OF COLLOQUIUM
The curator and restorer of textile art Thalia Bajon-Bouzid was raised in Casablanca. She graduated from the National Institute of Patrimony in 2002. She works both alone and as part of a team – at heritage-oriented institutions, or at a multidisciplinary studio that she shares with four colleagues in Paris – primarily for national and regional museums, landmark commissions, and private collectors.
The multimedia visual artist Yto Barrada lives and works in New York. Her artistic projects have involved video, photography, sculpture, printed matter and installation. In 2006, she became artistic director of the Cinémathèque in Tangier.
The artist and teacher of the plastic artists M’barek Bouchichi was based for many years in Tiznit before settling in Tahannout in the Haouz region. His latest exhibition in Marrakech, Les poètes de la terre, was held at the Voice Gallery in 2018.
Aboubakar Fofana was born in Mali and raised between Mali and France. He worked for many years as a calligrapher and graphic designer before becoming a producer of indigo-dyed fabric using age-old techniques found in Western Africa.
Born in Morocco, Michel Garcia is a botanist, chemist and dyer specialised in natural pigments. He produces plant-based colours. In 1998, while continuing his artisanal work, he established the Couleur Garance Association, whose mission is to encourage the relationship between plant-based colour professionals and the general public.
A graduate of the National Institute of Archaeology and Patrimony (INSAP) in Rabat, Hanane Labchir went on to become curator of the Dar Si Saïd Museum. Today, she works with the Department of Culture in Marrakech.
Ahmed Ouhammou is a Doctor of Ecological Science and professor at Cadi Ayyad University. He heads the MARK herbarium of regional plants at the Semlalia College of Science. He wrote the foreword to Francis Collin’s book, Flowers of the Moroccan North Atlantic Coast: Identificaton and Usage, published by Éditions Jardin Majorelle in 2018.