Marrakech Biennale – Ian Cox Photo Round Up

48. Yesbee reflext Remi Rough mural MB6 Street Art photo ©_Ian_Cox_2016


Mad C 1200_IMG_8606_Marrakesh_Photo_©_Ian_Cox_2016

For the first time since its inauguration in 2004, the Marrakech Biennale includes urban art as
part of its integral programme. Eleven leading international and local street artists have been
invited to Morocco to participate in the 6th Edition of the Biennale as part of the MB6: Street Art
parallel project.

60. Yesbee mural in Medina MB6 Street Art photo ©_Ian_Cox_2016

This additional focus on public art illustrates inclusion as a driving force behind the festival,
allowing audiences of all backgrounds to engage with artistic works across the cityscape.
Marrakech, often referred to as the “Rose City” or “Red City”, earns its name from buildings in
the ancient medina painted entirely salmon pink. Moroccan architecture and design is
renowned for its tiled patterns and motifs which in themselves represent a form of street art.

58. Sickboys and Dotmasters working together MB6 Street Art photo ©_Ian_Cox_2016

One week ahead of the opening of the Biennale, artists Mad C (Germany), Dotmaster (UK),
Giacomo RUN (Italy), Dag Insky (France), Kalamour (Morocco), Alexey Lucas (Russia), LX.ONE
(France), Lucy McLauchlan (UK), Remi Rough (UK), Sickboy (UK) and Yesbee (UK) are busy
creating murals in key public spaces that include the rooftops of the souks in the Medina
(‘Gallery in the Sky’), Bahia Palace area, the walls around Gueliz, the new part of Marrakech and
in the city of Essaouira.

Lucy Mclauchlan 1200_IMG_8835_Marrakesh_Photo_©_Ian_Cox_2016

Earlier this month, the project unveiled North Africa’s largest mural. Giacomo Bufarini RUN
painted the 6400 square meter mural on the popular Moulay Hassan Square in Essouaira. The
artwork depicts two figures communicating across borders, echoing Essaouira’s rich musical

Kalamour 1200_IMG_9157_Marrakesh_Photo_©_Ian_Cox_2016

MB6: Street Art is curated by Vestalia Chilton of ATTOLLO, documented by photographer Ian
Cox and filmed by award winning film producer JeanDavid Lefebvre and Vanessa Lefebre.

64. Remi Rough, LX.One and Yesbee collaborative mural Marrakesh_Photo_©_Ian_Cox_2016