The Imaginary Aquarium
To build his new project The Imaginary Aquarium, Mohamed Fariji collected and created various objects, such as posters, souvenirs, puzzles, postcards, snow-globes. These objects are real or fictional archives revolving around the former Casablanca Aquarium, which was closed in the 1980s.
His proposal for an imaginary museum mixes symbols of Casablanca and the Moroccan aquatic ecosystem. It builds on the emptiness that followed the aquarium's closure, and the many possible narratives of its past and future.
Through this aesthetic investigation, the artist engages in a discussion about repurposing abandoned public spaces, asserting the right of citizens to participate in their future.
Mohamed Fariji's Imaginary Aquarium uses feelings of nostalgia and playfully interacts with visitors to question the complex relationships between citizens and those holding positions of power in the city.
The exhibition was presented at Fatma Jellal Gallery (Casablanca) in June 2014. Curator: Léa Morin.
The project is supported by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) / الصندوق العربي للثقافة والفنون.