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The Greenhouse, Aïn Chock, 2017

7th edition

From 13 to 17 December 2017, THE GREENHOUSE took up residence at the Aïn Chock garden, at the opposite of the Cinéma Sahara.

This edition was entirely dedicated to the Collective Museum project and to research on the collective memory of the neighbourhood.



Exhibition - Aïn Chock showcase

Open to the public every day, the showcase presents a composition of elements from the collective memory of Aïn Chock, including architecture, typography, archives (objects, machines, documents and photographs) from RTM (Moroccan Radio and Television), as well as stories and objects collected by local residents, intellectuals and artists, such as the film critic Mustapha Mesnaoui. 

12pm-7pm - Permanent workshops



The ephemeral, travelling radio installation, air audio radio has been temporarily installed in THE GREENHOUSE to facilitate encounters in a spirit of exchange and knowledge sharing around the collective memory of the Aïn Chock district. This radio offers listening sessions to archives, interviews and the sounds of the backstreets, as well as debates, discussions and live testimonies (micro-open) on the urban and social metamorphoses of the Ain Chock district and the importance of preserving collective memory. 

Designed by Abdellah Hassak 

SEED BOMBS  “Ain Chock flowery” 

Making seed bombs (using soil, compost and seeds) to distribute in the neighbourhood.

Led by Zakaria Bensouda

3pm - 5pm PERFORMANCE // The painting machine  

A mobile 'carrosa', based on a candyfloss machine, with a crank connected to a turntable on which the support is fixed where artist Mustapha Chafik works with brushes, inviting the public to watch the process and create their own works.


Direct and participatory intervention by Karim Barka and Lucas Deschamps 

GUIDED VISITS // The itineraries of Ain Chock:

a collective, evolving map of the district

carried out by each participant and visitor, with Flore Grassiot and students from the Casablanca School of Architecture.


documented, mapped, photographed, recorded (film, sound), to be performed during a walk through the city.


Wednesday 13 December, Artistic intervention


3pm-5pm : SHOW : AMMI DRISS

 A figure of nostalgia from the golden age of the Moroccan small screen, Ammi Driss is invited to re-enact sketches from his legendary and timeless show with the inhabitants of Aïn Chock (the district where he recorded all his shows in the studio of the same name) in front of a small audience.

Driss Karimi is an actor and presenter best known for his hit children's show "Ammi Driss" in the 80s.

Thursday 14 December, Workshop


A free space for expression, meetings and interventions around the neighbourhood: stories, narratives, interviews, declamations.

Friday 15 December, Meetings


Meeting and discussion with historians and residents on the history of the neighbourhood and its development. Chaired by Driss Dadounet M. Mahraoui. In partnership with the Aïn Chock veterans' association.


In partnership with the ARMCDH

Saturday 16th December

Hors les Murs : EXHIBITION // "3ossARat

by the collective Yasser Benhar, Marouane Youssoufi, Youssef El Idrissi and Youssef Zaoui, at the Aïn Chock Cultural Centre


Presentation, feedback and discussion of the "Collective Museum Aïn Chock" workshops with all participants and partners.

3pm : Introduction by Mr Salah Khaled, UNESCO representative in the Maghreb and partner in the project.

Presentation of the Collective Museum and the Aïn Chock showcase , reading of the district Journal  and slam declamations

by Mohamed Fariji, Omar Radi, Noussayba Lahlou.

4pm: Listening session at Radio Aïn Chock

with Abdellah Hassak

film screening with Nadir Bouhmouch 

5pm: Presentation of the exhibition "3ossARat

with the collective Yasser Benhar, Marouane Youssoufi, Youssef El Idrissi and Youssef Zaoui


Screening in collaboration with ARMCDH

Sunday 17 December

All day long

Hors les Murs : EXHIBITION // "3ossARat


Guided tour of Aïn Chock along a route made up of the stories and itineraries collected during the Greenhouse

By Flore Grassiot (architect and teacher at the Casablanca School of Architecture), Yasmine Charif D'Ouazaane, Aboubakr EL Abbadi and Fayçal Bentaha (students at the EAC).


Jouk Attamthil Albidaoui (JAA) is an association whose aim is to catalogue, archive, illustrate, interpret and give a second life to the performing arts heritage of Morocco, particularly in the Greater Casablanca region, and to promote it to new generations in Morocco and abroad. The cabaret, the place where people meet, where everything is equal, under red or dimmed lights, where you can never feel alone or sad. The troupe not only interprets and performs the texts, but also draws inspiration from Morocco's tangible heritage - costumes, make-up, musical instruments - and intangible heritage: oral texts, songs and rhythms.

Directed by Ghassan El Hakim.


the poem of the brave, will be taught to the audience.


Meeting with Wassim Ghozlani (director of the Maison de l'Image - Tunis) and Mohamed Arejdal (artist, initiator of the Salamat residency and plastic arts teacher - Taroudant) with Ghassan el Hakim (Jouk Attamthil Albidaoui) on the role and challenges of education (and especially artistic education) in the knowledge and reactivation of cultural heritage.

7pm : THE BLUES OF THE SHEIKHATES - Kibrit projection

In his films, Ali Essafi tracks down the forgotten, narrates atypical journeys and seeks to tell the story of history through the prism of the individual and the marginalised. His films include Général, nous voilà! (1997), about Moroccan veterans of the French army wars; Le Silence des champs de betteraves (1998), about a racist act in a small French village; Ouarzazate Movie (2001), about extras in major international films shot in southern Morocco; and Le Blues des Sheikhates (2004), which follows the careers of three artists, the sheikhates, who are both revered and marginalised.

His latest film, En quête de la septième porte, is about the filmmaker Ahmed Bouanani.

In the presence of the director Ali Essafi.

With the support of Unesco-Programme Net-Med Youth, the Ministry of Culture, Abbara-Mawred ,Institut Français Maroc et Kibrit


©Hamza Aghamm

Collective museum, Aïn Chock's glass case

©Hamza Aghamm

Carrosa, the painting machine

©Hamza Aghamm

time capsules workshops

©Hamza Aghamm

©Hamza Aghamm

Urban crossing, short guided tours

©Hamza Aghamm

Kabareh Cheikhats

©Hamza Aghamm

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