BACKGROUND

Expanded Cinema, Media art happenings, multi-screen events, new technologies and inter-media concepts characterize an era of innovation and new departures in contemporary moving images creation. 

They become the most important artistic path towards gender and social emancipation as well as means of extending the bounds of perception. 

By organizing our events, we would like to contributing in strengthening the interest in media arts among new, emerging and established artists in Morocco using various mediums and mixed media strategies to play more of a role in changing their realities, especially in contemporary social in political context in our region, which reveals every day that the young generation reclaim the right to act and create, they want to take their image and social destiny by themselves, and become an active part of the contemporary world, which always defines our society as a fixed world where nothing is happening, except conflicts and fanaticism. 

We want to contribute in education, personnel transformation, and social change which therefore will lead to a wide range of experimentation, creativity, action, building strategies, propose new solutions…

Founders

The Arab Media Lab is founded and directed by Abdelaziz Taleb and Abdellatif Benfaidoul. Both are film directors and mixed media artists whose films have been shown in many international film festivals :

  • Venice international film festival
  • Rotterdam international film festival
  • Clermont Ferrand
  • Cinemed Montpellier

The Arab media lab projects builds on the experience of its two founders showcasing their work as artists themselves, and work by other media artists in Morocco and in Europe. 

They took back during their education in Europe what they learned and started training young people in the country. 

The Arab Media Lab attempts to reinforce the place of media arts in Morocco and The Arab world They do this through a range of various activities such as addressing Arab Stereotypes in western media, setting up a Moroccan moving images archive and the Digital Marrakech festival. 

One of the main aims of the organisation is to help young media artists to gain knowledge and exchange ideas in the region and beyond. Through their workshops and master classes, which are offered for free they give young people the opportunity to create works – this gives the artists the freedom to be able to create the projects that they most believe in.

Board and Team

Executive Directors and project managers:  Abdelaziz Taleb & Abdellatif Benfaidoul

Project Manager Arab Media Lab: Rihab Charida

Communication : Mohammed Lachhab

Graphic Design and Visuals: Emre Önol, Dirk Rascher, harakat Kamal

Production: Abdessamad Taleb