Inside the framework of the exhibition Moroccan Trilogy 1950–2020 (31 March – 27 September 2021), which surveys the cultural evolution of the Maghreb country over recent decades by way of 250 works, the Museo Reina Sofía joins Medialab Prado and Casa Árabe to organise In the Meantime, a programme of activities which seeks to bring to light and question the complexity of Morocco’s contemporary reality via an encounter between different artists and creators from the country. Curated by Susana Moliner, the programme comprises round-table discussions, conversations, lectures, workshops and performances, to be held across the three sites mentioned above over a six-month period.
In the Meantime looks to provide a device which contributes to activating and articulating networks between guest cultural agents from Morocco and local communities in Spain. The programme’s activities explore tensions between Morocco’s social environment and privacy; the multiple ways in which Moroccan artists work to gather and hybridise knowledge and art-making; the critical production of independent publications released from the mid-1960s to the present day; the diversity of romantic ties and ways of relating to the environment and inhabiting it. Essentially, an exploration of events across the intermediate time that opens up between the three periods structuring the Moroccan Trilogy 1950–2020 exhibition, underscoring not only the present but also the artistic potential and collective movements inscribed in its different territories and landscapes.
The programme’s activities feature the participation of numerous artists, such as Yassine Balbzioui, Safaa Erruas, Mohamed Larbi, Karim Rafi and Younes Rahmoun; writers Najat El Hachmi and Abdelá Taia; cultural researchers such as Driss Ksikes, Salah Malouli and Kenza Sefrioui; feminist illustrator Zaineb Fasiki, performer Lila Dila and visual artist M'barek Bouhchichi.
In the Meantime seeks to offer diverse possibilities for thinking about and placing context around the Moroccan Trilogy 1950–2020 show, organised inside a framework of cultural cooperation between Spain and Morocco in the sphere of Museums and promoted by the National Foundation of Museums from the Kingdom of Morocco and the Spanish Government’s Ministry of Culture and Sport, in collaboration with Mathaf: the Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar.