Comptoir des Mines Gallery Marrakech will present a solo exhibition of Moroccan artist Mariam Abouzid Souali on October 26, 2019. Born in 1989 in Targuist, Morocco Mariam Abouzid Souali lives and works between Tetouan and Philadelphia. She has been drawing and painting since childhood. Mariam expresses her thoughts and interpretations of the world through playful symbols and pictures. Souali’s creations “A Three Person Game” and the “Mare Nostrum” convey her research on the environment.
Mariam Abouzid Souali’s exhibition reveals her position on how society is on an endless quest for economic progress. The goal of her work is to signify how greed is harming the world’s biodiversity through the usage of symbolism associated with games like chess, scissor paper, hopscotch, and the game of goose.
“Children’s games, politics, economics, art and even war strategies all follow the same spatial and temporal limits and the same rules of the game,” says Mariam. “All these actions generate the same feelings of risk, conflict, and pleasure. They all result in victories or defeats, successes or failures. The progression of a game, such as that of a trade or that of a drawing, for example, depends on the same playful mechanisms, such as chance, increasing risk, tactics, reflexes, mistakes, speed, dexterity, bluff.”
Mariam is a graduate of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan and received a diploma in French literature and Art history at Mohamed V University in Rabat and at Abdelmalek Essaâdi University. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship Grant (2016) and a Distinction Award of the Ministry of Culture’s national contest for young visual artists (2014). Currently, Abouzid’ is working on a doctoral thesis as part of her Ph.D. work at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.
The exhibition will run until November 30, 2019. The Comptoir des Mines Gallery is located in Marrakech’s french town Gueliz.