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The HORIZONTA Greenhouse, Arab League Park, 2022 

11th edition


On the initiative of L'Atelier de l'Observatoire, The GREENHOUSE was set up in the Arab League Park (Casablanca) for its 9th edition, from 2 to 4 and from 8 to 11 December 2022.


The Horizonta Greenhouse raises questions about art history research in the Maghreb. Who is telling the story? What are the marginalised, unexplored research spaces? How do we teach art to our children? Who are the great figures of modern and contemporary art in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia? Who are the forgotten, invisible figures? What does this history of art, its omissions and its shortcomings, tell us about ourselves? Horizonta seeks to develop an approach that embraces the Maghreb as a regional space for creation and shared artistic reflection.


Meetings, workshops, artistic works and curatorial research on contemporary art in the Maghreb will be carried out and presented to the public in order to reflect on the role of art as an emancipatory tool and perhaps unite a common regional vision?



Every day from 11 am to 5 pm: Permanent workshops


Sawt : Sound creation of the greenhouse

GREENHOUSE JOURNAL Collective realisation of the greenhouse Journal

Qunbula Khadra: collective creation of seed bombs

Research of the essences of the park and discovery of the seeds. Led by Houdra Manjra 

Calligraphy: The word of the park

Studio: Collective creation of photographs

Philosophy for children: What is an artist? What is a work of art? Discussions and debates for children on art, its great figures and its history. Animated by the association Sève Maroc

BOOK SWAP : bring your books to swap. Theme of the greenhouse: Art books.

Friday 2 December



DARDACHAT: Ach Wake3 F l'Park

With Mohamed Fariji and the Atelier de l'Observatoire team

5pm - 6.30pm

CINE-TALK: The aesthetics of forgotten stories in Moroccan cinema. 

Moderated by Wadii Charrad, journalist and filmmaker, in the presence of director Nour-Eddine Lakhmari and film critic Majid Seddati. 


CINE-SERRE: Le regard (2005) by Nour-Eddine Lakhmari.

A former photojournalist who covered the Moroccan war of independence organises a retrospective of his work but needs to recover photographs left behind in Morocco. The search for his negatives will plunge him into a journey back in time, through his past. 


Saturday 3rd December 

10am - 1.30pm

WORKSHOP Art and journalism 

What is the role of an art critic? Visit an exhibition, get an overview of contemporary art and put it into practice with journalist Olivier Rachet. He contributes to various magazines and newspapers, including Diptyk magazine, The Art Newspaper and art press.


Participatory walk at the Casablanca Biennial 

An itinerant experience that takes you on an original guided tour of the Casablanca Biennial. 


Participative walk in the park

A unique walking experience in partnership with Casamémoire. 


CINE-TALK: Digital industries and platforms: a new lease of life for Moroccan cinema 

What is the role of creative industries and digital platforms in film distribution and their impact on the Moroccan artistic landscape? Will these platforms make it possible to promote neglected films and thus begin a process of raising awareness of Morocco's cinematographic heritage? 

This event have been moderate by Wadii Charrad, journalist and film-maker, in the presence of Yasmina Tamer (Aflamin). 


CINE-SERRE: Le Grand Voyage (2004) by Ismaël Farroukhi 

A teenager about to take his A-levels is forced by his father to travel to Mecca to make the pilgrimage. The two men, who have nothing in common, embark on a powerful journey that will turn their relationship upside down.

Sunday 4 December 


11am - 1pm 

WORKSHOP Art and Journalism 

How do you define the editorial line of tHE GREENHOUSE JOURNAL ? Putting it into practice with Hicham Houdaïfa; journalist and co-founder of En Toutes Lettres 

a publishing house specialising in essays, and co-founder of the OpenChabab training programme. 


CINE-SERRE: The End ( 2011 ) by Hicham Lasri.

Mikhi, a young man on the fringes of society, is the protégé of the mysterious commissioner Daoud. By chance, Mikhi meets Rita and immediately falls in love, but the young woman's 4 brothers oppose their relationship with her. 


Thursday 8th December


3pm - 4.30pm

Dwaz atay: Public spaces and the performing arts: a cross between Casablanca and Montreal. 

How do the public spaces receive the performing arts? How do the performing arts fit into the city and what interactions emerge from encounters between the public and the artists? 

In the presence of visual artist Rose de la Riva ( Canada ), artistic director and general manager of La Serre-Arts vivants Claude Doucet ( Canada ) and co-director of the L'Boulevard festival and Boultek Hicham Bahou ( Morocco ). 


La Coupole 

EXHIBITION: La Ruche régionale and the Collective Museum Casablanca-Tunis residency programme 

Opening and guided tour by visual and sound artists Sahar Echi ( Tunisia ), Yahya Ewani ( Morocco ), Othmane Jmad ( Morocco ), and Yassine Rachidi ( Tunisia, Canada ).

The Collective Museum régional is based on a collection of vinyl records from Casablanca and Tunis. Mohamed Fariji explores the mechanics of the juke box and forgotten North African sounds to create a collective regional memory. 

Performance Ramia Beladel ( Morocco ) and Rose de la Riva

( Canada ) in residence at the Atelier de l'Observatoire. 


Friday 9th December 


WORKSHOP Art and pedagogy 

Aziz Chafik ( pedagogue and teacher ) and Mohamed Fariji

(artist) present the ‘lion cubs of art’ project in the presence of educational teams and art historians and curators Nadia Sabri (Morocco) and Rachida Triki (Tunisia). 


Dwaz atay : carte blanche at Art Culture Studio, Tunis 

Wassim Ghozlani and Amine Andaloussi ( Art Culture Studio, Tunis ) and Marwane Fachane ( Fondation Hiba ) present innovative solutions for the artistic scene and the cultural industry. 

5pm - 6.30pm

DARDACHAT: Offbeat art, a new platform for expression and research 

What if the history of art was off course, changing trajectory and focusing on a horizon between the countries of the Maghreb? This area, too often dispossessed of its aesthetic and artistic history, is placed back at the centre of art history studies. Nadia Sabri (Morocco) and Rachida Triki (Tunisia), art historians and curators, and Aziz Chafik (pedagogue and teacher) are taking up the challenge and offering us their visions. The meeting will also be an opportunity to present the ‘Horizontalism’ manifesto and the regional project led by the Atelier de l'Observatoire (Morocco), in collaboration with Arts Culture Studio (Tunisia), which aims to create a digital H.H.A.M. platform (Horizontality of Art History in the Maghreb). 

Saturday 10 December 


11am-1pm: Cubs of Arts workshop 

Sunday 11th December

11am-1pm : Cubs of art workshop 




Dance performance by artists Sarah Bouqouquou and Mohamed Rachidi, and listening to carefully selected vinyl records. 


Free scene

With the support of AFAC

©Walid Bendraa
Ciné-Talk with Nour-Eddine Lakhmari
©Walid Bendraa
Seed Bombs workshop led by Houda Manjra 
©Walid Bendraa
Swap Book, an initiative by Laila Benyahya
©Walid Bendraa
 Rose de la Riva Performance
©Walid Bendraa
Cubs of Arts workshop, with Aziz Chafik, 
Mohamed Fariji; Nadia Sabri and Rachifa Triki
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