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Abdellah Karroum (en) عبد الله كروم

Abdellah Karroum (born 1970, Rif, Morocco), researcher and curator, is the Artistic Director of L’appartement 22 in Rabat.
Friday 10 January 2020

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Karroum is the founder and artistic director of several art projects: ‘L’appartement 22’(site), an experimental space for encounters, exhibitions and artists’ residencies founded in 2002 in Rabat, Morocco; the ‘Le Bout Du Monde’ art expeditions to different locations undertaken since 2000 together with artists and curators; and the ‘éditions hors’champs’ art publications that have been published since 1999 and R22 art radio, experimental online radio.
He was Assistant Curator at the capcMusée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (1993-1996) where he curated numerous exhibitions: Pensées bleues (1993) ; Jean-Paul Thibeau (1995) ; Urgences (1996). Karroum was Associate Curators for the 2006 DAK’ART Biennial for African Contemporary Art, co-curator for the "Position Papers" program in the Gwangju Bienniale 2008 and the Curator of the 3rd AiM International Biennale’s exhibition 2009 in Marrakech.
He initiated the laboratory "Art, Technology and Ecology" at ESAV-Marrakech (Film School), which have been running monthly since March 2010. In 2010 he curated the exhibition project "Sentences on the Banks and other activities" for Darat Al-Funun in Amman. In 2007, Karroum served as a Member of the Golden Lion Jury in the Biennale of Venice.
He was the Artistic Director of the Prince Pierre Monaco Foundation’s Artistic Council for its International Prize of Contemporary Art (2011-2014), and a member of the acquisitions comity of the FRAC PACA collection in Marseille. He was Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha (2013-2021), and Special Curatorial Adviser at Qatar Museums since 2021.
Graduated from Bordeaux III Michel de Montaigne University. His research is funded in part by the Prince Claus Fund (Amsterdam,) the Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA), and MoMA (NYC). He is the curator of "Working for Change" proposal for a Moroccan Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale 2011. Karroum is Associate Curator of "Intense Proximity" for La Triennale of Paris 2012 and Artistic Director of the Biennale Benin 2012.
He curated the multi stages project “Sous nos yeux” at La Kunsthalle de Mulhouse in 2013 and at MACBA-Barcelona in 2014.

Exhibitions (selection):
- JF_JH individualités (reédition), Safaa Erruas, Younes Rahmoun, L’appartement 22 - Rabat, 2022.
- Taysir Batniji: No Condition Is Permanent, Co-Curated with Lina Ramadan at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, 2022.
- Nassim Azarzar: PIÈCES DÉTACHÉES, L’appartement 22 - Rabat, 2022.
- Maria Karim: DEM L’GHZAL, L’appartement 22 - Rabat, 2022.
- Mustapha Azeroual: Fragments de Soleils, L’appartement 22 - Rabat, 2022.
- Oriol Vilanova: Transactions, L’appartement 22 and public spaces, Rabat, 2022
- Anonyme.s: When Art Becomes A Prophecy, L’appartement 22 - Rabat, and The Telos Society - Athenes, 2022.
- Bady Dalloul, A Country Without a Door or a Window, Project Space at Mathaf, Doha, 2021.
- Kader Attia: On Silence, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, 2021.
- Bernard Plossu : On The Road, L’appartement 22, Rabat, 2021.
- Moroccan Trilogy 1950-2020, MNCARS (Reina Sofia), Madrid, 2021.
- Sadik Alfraji: A City, L’appartement 22, Rabat, 2020.
- Notre monde brûle, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2020
- Hamza Halloubi : le degré zéro de la performance, 2019-2020, L’appartement 22, Rabat.
- Karim Rafi: Temps de révélations elliptiques, L’appartement 22, Rabat, 2019.
- Mustapha Akrim: Histoires plus que parfaites, L’appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco, 2018.
- Revolution Generations (أجيال الثورة), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, 2018.
- Sara O’Haddou: AA, L’appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco, 2018.
- Fabrice Hyber: Prototypes, L’appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco, 2018.
- Shakir Hassan Al-Said: The Wall, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, 2017.
- Ismail Bahri: Lieux, L’appartement 22, Rabat, 2017.
- Mathaf Collection, Summary, Part 2, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, 2017.
- Offre Spéciale, avec Yassine Balbzioui et Badr El-Hammami, L’appartement 22, 2017.
- JF_JH égalités, avec Mustapha Akrim et Soukaina Joual, L’appartement 22, 2017.
- Wael Shawky, Al Araba Al Madfuna, Fondazione Merz, Turin, 2016.
- Younes Rahmoun: de la mer à l’océan, L’appartement 22, Rabat, 2016.
- Looking at the World Around You: Works from Qatar Museums, Santander Foundation, Madrid, 2016.
- Farid Belkahia: Aube(e), Focus: Works from Mathaf Collection, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, 2015.
- Wael Shawky: Crusades and Other Stories, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, 2015.
- Shirin Neshat: Afterwards, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, 2014.
- Sous nos yeux (partie 3), MACBA, Barcelona, 2014.
- Sous nos yeux (partie 1), La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse, 2013.
- Inventer le monde: l’artiste citoyen, Centre Kora, Cotonou, Biennale Bénin 2012.
- JF_JH Libertés, L’appartement 22, Rabat, 2012.
- Flowers, Animals, Urbans, Machines, L’appartement 22, 2010-2011.
- Sentences on the Banks and Other Activities", Darat Al-Funun, Amman, 2010.
- "A Proposal for Articulating Works and Places", Palazzo Riso and GAM, Palermo, 2010.
- Antoni Muntadas: Two Projects, L’appartement 22, 2010.
- Yto Barrada: A Modest Proposal, L’appartement 22, 2010.
- Matti Braun: Pierre, L’appartement 22, 2009.
- "Rabat / Marrakech", 2nd Art In Marrakech Festival (AiM), Marrakesh, 2007.
- Seamus Farrell, 3 Rs Maroc, L’appartement 22, Rabat, 2007.
- Hassan Darsi, Portraits de Familles, L’appartement 22, Rabat, 2005.
- JF_JH Conventions, L’appartement 22, Rabat, 2003.
- JF_JH Concubinages, L’appartement 22, 2003.
- JF_JH Individualités, L’appartement 22, Rabat, 2002.
- Jean-Paul Thibeau, Meta-activite, capcMusee, Bordeaux, 1996.
- Urgence, capcMusée, Bordeaux, 1996.
- Les Pensees bleues, capcMusee, Bordeaux, 1993.

Biennales projects:
- "Inventing the World: The Artist as Citizen", Biennale Bénin 2012 (together with the Curatorial Delegation: Didier Houénoudé, Anne Szefer Karlsen, Olivier Marboeuf and Claire Tancons).
- "Intense Proximity", La Triennale of Paris, 2012 (under the Artistic direction of Okwui Enwezor, and the co-curators Mélanie Bouteloup, Abdellah Karroum, Emilie Renard and Claire Staebler).
- Curatorial Delegation: Radio For Example, MDE11, Medellin, 2011
- "Working for Change", Venice 2011
- "A Proposal for Articulating Works and Places", Marrakech Biennale, 2009
- "Expedition 7: Relative Homelands", Position Papers program, Gwangju Biennale 2008.
- "L’appartement 22 Rabat/Marrakech", 2nd AiM (Art in Marrakech), Marrakech, ESAV.
- "Entendus, sous-entednus, malentendus", Dakar 2006

Curatorial Grants, Residencies, Fellowships, Juries (selection):
- AIT, Tokyo, 2010
- CIMAM Travel Grant,
- The Clark Art Institut, Williamstown, 2009
- Jury member for the 2007 Golden Lion, Venice Biennale
- The Clark Art Institut, Williamstown,
- Doual’art, Douala, Cameroun, 2007
- IASPIS, Stockholm
- BKVB, Amsterdam,
- Acquisitions Committee for FRAC PACA, Marseille
- Hordaland Art Center, Bergen

Publications and Conference (selection):
- "Expanding Geographies of Resistance on Modern and Contemporary Art," in collaboration between Mathaf Museums and Doha Institute For Graduate Studies, Doha, 2018.
- "Generation 00: Cultural Practices before the Middle East Uprisings", co-organised by the Block Museum of Art, and the Department of Art History and the Program in Middle East and North African Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, 2016
- Situating Global Art, Frei University, Berlin, 2015
- Para-Site Annual Conference, Hong Kong, 2015
- Sous Nos Yeux, MACBA, 2015
- Maroc 1975 (photos Bernard Plossu), édition la Non-Maison et éditions Hors’champs, 2014.
- Essay in "Self-Organised", edited by Stine Hebert and Anne Szefer Karlsen, published by Open Editions (London) and Hordaland Art Centre (Bergen). ISBN: 978-0-949004-17-8 , 2013.
- L’appartement 22 (2002-2008), éditions hors’champs, 2009.
- La rencontre, revue du CERIAP, 2007
- Super Tea, in AM (Architecture du Maroc) n° 10 (mars-avril 2003).
- « livre blanc », éditions hors’champs, 2002.
- « notes pour Mustapha Boujemaoui », in catalogue de l’exposition « les verres de ma vie » de Mustapha Boujemaoui, Institut Français de Casablanca, du 03 au 30 avril 2002
- « Entretien avec Jean-Paul Thibeau » et « commentaire des œuvres », in collection du capcMusée, éditions du capcMusée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, 1996
- « Entretien avec Mustapha Boujemaoui », in Les Travaux parisiens, catalogue, éditions de l’Institut français, Marrakech, 1996.
- « Urgences d’une exposition », in collection du capcMusée, "urgence", catalogue, éditions du capcMusée, 1996

Education (selection):
- MoMA - Columbia University, Center for Curatorial Leadership, program 2014.
- PhD in Communication, Art and Performance, Nomadic Works: Towards a Post-Contemporary Art, at the Michel de Montaigne University - Bordeaux, 2001.
- Baccalaureate, Art Plastiques, Lycée Omar Technique, Oujda, 1988.

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