Photographic and sound installation

Production CHRONIQUES 2020

In Al Amakine, Abdessamad El Montassir uncovers micro-histories and non-material archives of the South-Moroccan Sahara that have been invisiblized by official history.

These stories recount political, cultural and social events inherent to the South-Moroccan Sahara. They are transmitted orally – and poetically – by local populations, and are disappearing from the official narrative because they have not been set down in a documentary form. This immaterial knowledge, however, constitutes crucial historiographical material for this seemingly empty geographical area.

Using a photographic installation and a sound piece, Al Amakine opens up an unprecedented interstice that highlights these micro-stories from the South-Moroccan Sahara, thus filling the silence and emptiness projected onto the region. The project invites the viewer to listen to these silent voices and to shift the focus to think differently about these geographic places which are neither located on maps nor in official history.

Practical Information


To 5 déc. 2020


Les Méjanes – Michel Vovelle – Patrimoine et archives municipales, Aix-en-Provence


Near Art’s Forum and Méjanes Bibliothèque

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Abdessamad El Montassir (MAR)

Abdessamad El Montassir was born in 1989. He lives and works in Boujdour, Rabat and Marseille. His research focuses on three main themes: the right to oblivion, fictional and visceral narratives, and the trauma of anticipation.

Reflexive processes are used throughout his work and research, encouraging viewers to rethink history and cartography through collective or fictional narratives and non-material archives. Simultaneously, his projects question trauma and its influence on individuals, their behaviour and socio-political evolutions; while deploying processes where trauma is used as a basis for historicization.

Abdessamad El Montassir approaches these issues by taking into account knowledge of non-human identities – plants and visceral narratives – in order to produce new ways of thinking about our environment.

Credits & mentions

Creation produced in co-production with Le Cube – independent art room, Carte Blanche by Al Safar, Institut Français du Maroc, IMéRA with the support from Labex RFIEA+, gmem-CNCM-Marseille and the CHRONIQUES platform, supported by the South Region, the City of Marseille and the French Institute in Paris, coordinated by SECONDE NATURE and ZINC.

Executive producer: Le Cube – independent art room.

Sound creation in collaboration with Matthieu Guillin, composer.

Implementation: Société Lumière and Atelier Deuxième Oeil