Credits: © 2016 L'Observatoire
|Name||Atelier de l’Observatorie – Art et recherche|
|Sector||Urban regeneration, community building, culture, education|
|Year of beginning||NA|
|Object||The Atelier de l’Observatorie develops different projects in the area of Casablanca involving artists, students, researchers and institutions acting at local, regional and international level.
Additionally, it has activated different projects of urban regeneration and artistic participation in public spaces. They created and manage the MUSEE COLLECTIF, a collective museum dedicated to the city’s memory, and they are engaged in a process to regenerate the ancient city aquarium, L’AQUARIUM, closed since 2007 ( and already partially closed since the 80s9 and recognized by the community as a space holding a strong collective value. The Atelier de l’Observatoire has also created an open and partecipative space called LA SERRE, dedicated to creating the conditions to necessary for cultural development and community building. La Serre is located in a rural area outside Casablanca, but since 2015 a mobile version of it has been created and placed in different urban locations, in order to engage the community in artistic processes and in reflections about art and culture.
The Atelier de l’Observatoire enjoys the support of the Moroccan Ministry of Culture, the French Embassy, the Institut Français, the Heinrich Boll Foundation and many other local actors.
Betwen the Atelier’s partners we find the Art Center “L’Usine” located in the Aïn Sebâa neighborhood of Casablanca. The ex-factory has been regenerated and transformed into a space dedicated to art and culture thanks to a process activated by the Fondation Chraïbi Abderrazik. In the new structure, together with the old machineries kept in place with the aim of preserving memory, it is possible to find an exhibition center, a printing atelier, a research laboratory and residence for artists.