Ahead of his annual twisted installation the Unfairground, at Glastonbury Festival, UK artist Dotmasters was invited to this years Marrakech Biennale to paint his detailed murals in public spaces throughout the historic City. This is the first year since the inauguration of the Biennale, that street art has been a major part of the programme.
Taking inspiration from Marrakech’s nickname the ‘Rose City’ and Morocco’s world renowned Valley of Roses, Dotmasters has painted an intricately detailed 25 by 35ft wall of roses, which has received positive attention from both locals and visitors alike.
London born & bred artist Dotmasters, started painting on the streets in the early ‘90s. Previously part of the C6.org collective, who hit headlines worldwide in 1997 with ‘Man in a box,’ when they incarcerated and starved him in a surveillance cube in a gallery in Brighton. His work is a mixture of stark black and white street pieces and unique, photo-real colour stencils, that fool the eye and take a sideways look at populist media with a typically English sense of humour. This led him to be invited to take part in Banksy’s Waterloo ‘Cans Festival’, be featured in Oscar-nominated ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ and recently work on the set of ‘Tomorrow’ an upcoming Martin Scorsese film shot in London. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also a driving force behind the world famous Nuart festival in Norway, and regularly collaborates with the Mutoid Waste Company, grass roots activists, Glastonbury Festival, luxury brands, Fuji Rock Festival, weirdo’s, developers and drop outs.
About Marrakech Biennale – 24th Feb to 8th May
The Marrakech Biennale (MB6), now in its 10th year, has become a celebration of creativity in a city that has for centuries been the focus of artistic exploration. Founded in 2004 by Vanessa Branson, the Marrakech Biennale (MB) is a not-for-profit association whose mission is to position Marrakech as a platform for contemporary art in Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean region. This year under the leadership of Executive President of the Marrakech Biennale, Mohamed Amine Kabbaj, much of the focus has been on public art. The core programme of the biennale is overseen by associate Curator for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Reem Fada who ‘takes a multi-disciplinary
approach to connect local and international audiences to new ideas and artistic visions from Morocco and abroad’.
For the first time since the inauguration of the Biennale in 2004, will Street Art form an integral part of its programme in a form of ‘parallel projects’.
Artists Mad C (Germany), Dotmaster (UK), Giacomo RUN (Italy), Dag Insky (France), Kalamour (Morocco), Alexey Lucas (Russia), LX.ONE (France), Lucy McLauchlan (UK), Remi Rough (UK), Sickboy (UK) and Yesbee (UK) among others, will create murals in a number of public spaces that include the rooftops of the souks in the Medina (‘Gallery in the Sky’), walls around Gueliz, the new part of Marrakech and in the city of Essaouira.
The Biennale has grown to become an internationally recognised event with a thriving visual art and literature programme ranking among the top 20 biennales in the world.