During the period of repression and emigration known as the Years of Lead, the Faraoui and de Mazières architecture firm in Rabat commissioned site-specific artworks for building projects across Morocco. Called integrations by the architects and praised by the art critic Toni Maraini as measured and discrete, the commissions included works by Farid Belkahia, Mohammed Chebaa, and Mohammed Melehi, three of Moroccos most celebrated modernists. In total, between 1967 and 1982, nine artists made paintings and wall-based sculptures as well as functional objects like lamps, signs, and screens for sixteen different sites. The talk analyzes this largely unknown chapter of Moroccan art history and the particular forms of modernism that emerged, however unexpectedly and surreptitiously, in these artist-architect collaborations.
Emma Chubb is the inaugural Charlotte Feng Ford '83 Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smith College Museum of Art. She earned her PhD in art history with a certificate in Middle East and North African Studies in 2017 from Northwestern University, where her research examined the representation of migration in contemporary art from Morocco. She has published essays and reviews in Art Journal, The Journal of Arabic Literature, and caa.reviews. Her current exhibition projects include Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics Materials; Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Light, Brick, Jute, Earth: Younès Rahmoun, 1996-2021, for which she was awarded a Curatorial Research Fellowship by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.