´Ik reis in jouw hoofd´ - I travel in your head - visual correspondent in Morocco is a project by visual artist Aline Thomassen and the Artoteek The Hague with sound compositions by the musician Lazaro Tejedor, in collaboration with Museum Het Domein, Sittard and GEM, museum of contemporary art The Hague.
For three months in 2004 Aline Thomassen was working in Tangier and the surrounding province as visual correspondent.
In a journal of drawings she shares her daily experiences with the audience in The Netherlands via the internet. Lazaro Tejedor completes the picture of the day with current sound fragments from Morocco. New drawings were added in 2005/2006 and in 2007.
I've chosen the form of a diary for this project. This diary is firstly about women in an Arabian land. Women that I have learnt to know as strong, self-aware and expressive, used to having to survive and to follow their own path, manoeuvring between regulations and restraints.
In journal of drawings I will try to show the special strength of Arabic women, from my own perspective as artist and western woman. A totally different view than the one-sided, politically loaded or often exotic image of Arabic women seen in the western media. Also I want to share my fascination for the daily life in Morocco; the visual richness, the mix of beauty and rawness that is everywhere. Intimate drawing of women will alternate with observations of everyday life.
The drawings of Aline Thomassen reveal the secret and the hidden,
while the sound fragments of Lazaro Tejedor describe the public sphere.
Aline Thomassen is known for her watercolours and paintings of Mediterranean women in strange, dreamlike situations. She has been inspired by her many and long stays in Morocco.
From December 10 2005 until April 2 2006, the GEM museum of contemporary art The Hague showed her work in her first large solo show in a museum. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
In September 2005 the book 'I travel in your head / Ik reis in jouw hoofd' was published by De Artoteek, The Hague and Museum Het Domein, Sittard.
This book 144 pages full color can be ordered here for 25 euro.
This project has been made possible by, among others: