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Farid Belkahia

Farid Belkahia was born on 15 November 1934 in Marrakesh, Morocco; d​​ied on 25 September 2014 in ​Marrakesh, Morocco. One of the foremost modernist artists in Morocco, Belkahia was the director of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Casablanca from 1962 to 1974. He was an active voice in the debates around post-colonial artistic modernism in Morocco. Belkahia turned away from oil painting and easels in the early 1960s and began working primarily with large-scale hammered copper. Since the mid-1970s, Belkahia is best known for the work he has done with leather, which he treats using traditional techniques and stretches over shaped supports. He then paints the leather with naturally occurring dyes such as henna. Belkahia has a consistent and carefully theorized taxonomy of symbols, shapes, and materials that resurface throughout his oeuvre. His work typically uses sinuous, organic shapes that recall bodies or corporality.
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