Where are we now? In answer to the question posed by the 5th edition of the Marrakech Biennale (26 February â€“ 31 March 2014), Guim TioÌ has responded with an ideological conviction tinged with the humour of an artist who is confronted, especially in Spain, with a dilemma created by the closure of borders and the rejec.on of migrants. His performance, carried out in the public space of the medina, does not defy the laws of the country that forbids drawing on walls except using chalk, and adheres to the aesthetic rules of the city of Marrakech to respect its original ochre red colour. Next to the Ben Youssef Medersa, the historical landmark of learning, Guim has taken over the wall of Dar Bellarj, where you will find numerous pieces of art created within the context of the Biennale, generic portraits without gender iden.ty, class or race, pain.ngs of the individual trapped in the stupidity of immigration laws. There are long strips of tape which outline the grill behind which appears, as if in a negative, a portrait of a person deprived of their freedom but still retaining a hypnotic gaze, omniscient, naiÌˆve, like that of a child, neither insolent nor provocative, just perceptive. A message wriXen in French and Arabic makes the scope of the work accessible to all and draws aXen.on to the complicity of all who pass by: â€œHuman stupidity has it limits. Dedicated to those who perish at the frontiers.â€ His performance, transforming a wall into a picture, substitutes the symbol of a border with a sensitive portrayal of someone who understands the condition of a migrant.
Corinne Cauvin Verner
English Translation Katherine Dady