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

Morning

Guided tour of the Paradis du Safron

by reservation only and limited to 50 participants

Reserve by email: evenements@jardinmajorelle.com

 

Afternoon

 

Conferences

 

Free admission

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

 

Morning

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

 

 

Afternoon

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

 

 

Participants

 

 

Thalia Bajon-Bouzid

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.

 

 

Yto Barrada

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.

 

 

M’barek Bouhchichi

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

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.

 

 

Michel Garcia

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.

 

 

Hanane Labchir

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

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.