November 18- December 18, 2014
Rashid Diab : “I was born and raised in Wad Medani, a small town on the banks of the Blue Nile, in Sudan. Since I was a small child I have loved to travel. I have always wanted to be somewhere else, discovering new places, different ways of living and new people.
Even growing up, I would think about my relationship with distance and space. Why do things have specific dimensions and a certain shape at a certain time? These questions became an obsession with the only solution being to paint, and continue to paint. Painting has been a necessity for me. I know that the desire to paint is something within me, part of my inner self, part of my subconscious. As time passed this need to paint and draw transformed itself into something like a biological instinct that, I believe, has strengthened my relationship with the world around me.
In 1980 I went to Spain on a scholarship to further my studies in art. At this time I began to fully appreciate my diverse Sudanese heritage and since then have maintained and developed an extensive vocabulary of images and patterns in my mind from Sudan’s cultural history.
Art is knowledge; I think an artist must be an avid reader and fully conscious of his contribution to the world of art. Every stroke, every line, whatever may be in the artist’s mind, whether apparent or not in his work, transferred or not from his mind to his art, is a part of life. This is why during the creation of a piece of work an artist could be a master of all schools or tendencies from the start to when he considers it finished. The lapse in time takes me through fractions of seconds and centuries. It really doesn’t matter if it’s in the past, present of future. What is important is how I can achieve the colour, shape and form to express this fraction of time.
However, I consider my work not just as a mere coincidence of time or an incarnation of some moment. It is actually a reflection of the human being as a conclusion, a material result of the species, which I try to express. The colour and form may illustrate moments of sorrow, happiness, hope and despair, but the most important element is that of nostalgia for this universal word. Thus, through my art I am most concerned with universality. Art, for me, is ultimately the connection between human beings. It is also what sustains cultures and indicates the material aspects of civilisations and so, as human beings, we are responsible for maintaining and developing our cultural history.
This is the belief that I wish to communicate and the dream that I am now endeavouring to make real, by creating my own world at the Rashidiab Arts Centre in Khartoum. The centre has a unique sense of colour and space and its designs are born from my innermost thoughts and feelings.”
About Ahmed Jaride
Born on 1954, in Casablanca
Lives and works in Casablanca & Benslimane.
Ahmed JARIDE worked as a Professor in Professors’ Training Centre on 1981, Philosophy teacher in 1985, and then he became an Aesthetics teacher in Casablanca’s Fine Arts School in 1998.
Devoted to the promotion of Art and Culture in Morocco, he established in 1998 the “Village Des Ateliers d’Artistes Association” (AVAA). A year later, he was nominated as an advisor of the Minister of culture and communication, then as a director of the Minister of Culture cabinet until 2005.
He is the cofounder of GENAP (The Grand National Exhibition of Fine Arts) with Mohamed Achaari in 2004; and the founder and the director of Zon’Art magazine, contemporary Art magazine in 2006.
Ahmed JARIDE is also the Deputy-President of AMAP (Moroccan Association of Fine Arts), Member of the International Association of Fine Arts, UNESCO, Member of La Maison de la Poésie au Maroc (Poetry House in Morocco), Member of Moroccan Writers Union and Member of National Mutual Council for Artists.
Jaride was designated in various occasions as Commissioner of Moroccan expositions abroad and President or Member of many artistic jury boards in Morocco and Abroad.
He has organized and participated in symposiums on contemporary art in Morocco and abroad, and lately: “Art Fair Casablanca/Foro Casablanca 2011, where he acted as the regional project chief; March Meeting at the biennale event of Sharjah and the International Symposium of Assilah.
Since 1987 he has participated in various individual and collective expositions in Morocco and abroad: Lyon, London, Marseille, United Arab Emirates, Brasilia, Mexico, Madrid, Brussels, Damascus, Cairo, Alexandria, Kuwait, Teheran, Helsinki, Berlin, Timbuktu, Oman, Manama, Muscat….Biennales in Alexandria, Biennale Sharjah, Biennale in Kuwait, Biennale in Tehran, Mahres-Tunisia Festival, International Symposium of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Last individual exposition: Loft Art Gallery 2013.
Acquisitions: His art works appear in various public and private artistic collections:
Royal Palace. National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, Kuwait. Kingdom of Morocco Academy. Morocco’s Academy of Science. ONA Foundation in Morocco. ATTIJARIWAFABANK Foundation. CDG Foundation Maroc Telecom Credit du Maroc Ministry of Culture Contemporary Arts National Museum, Rabat.