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The Aquarium

2012 -
Collective and participative reflection on the future of abandoned spaces and the role of citizens in their re-activation.



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Aquarium : Common spaces (2016)


The Casablanca Aquarium - a building that is part of the city's historic heritage - has been closed since the 1980s. It is located between the Casablanca Fair and the Hassan 2 Mosque, and is not open to the public.

This playful and educational space remains a myth for the people of Casablanca, who are particularly attached to it.

Since 2012, artist Mohamed Fariji has been working to reactivate the former Casablanca Aquarium through workshops, visits, conferences, publications and dedicated exhibitions.

L'Atelier de l'Observatoire is in charge of the project to reopen the Aquarium (temporarily or permanently), and is leading a collective utopian reflection on its future.

Thinking about conversion or reappropriation becomes in itself a new possible use for this space, emptied of its original purpose, whose future has been prevented after barely 25 years in operation.

Meetings, Workshops, Performances, Exhibitions, Screenings, Collective Museum, Fun Space, Publication, Guided tours, etc.



The "Common spaces" project brings together a collective of German, Jordanian and Moroccan artists, researchers and activists who are committed to and develop common strategies for artistic practices and interventions in the public space around the Old Aquarium district of Casablanca.

Click here for images of the project.


With Mohammad Al Qaq, Ramzy Zahoual, Lukas Matthaei, Nazha Rondali, Susanne Vincenz, Saïd Raïs, Sabine Zahn, Abdellah M. Hassak, Rabah Nouami, Mohamed Fariji, Léa Morin and Jake Wiener.


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COMMON SPACES is a project initiated by Matthaei & Konsorten (Berlin), in collaboration with 7iber & (Amman) and Atelier l`Observatoire (Casablanca), with the support of Heinrich Boell Foundation (Berlin, Ramallah & Rabat offices), Robert Bosch Foundation / International Theatre Institute, GOETHE Institute Rabat & ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Künstlerkontakte). In partnership with Galerie Fatma Jellal, Casablanca.

April 2015

Visit to the abandoned aquarium with students

from the Casablanca School of Architecture.

The imaginary aquarium, 2014


June 2014, Galerie Fatma Jellal

Mohamed Fariji is presenting his imaginery aquarium project, which takes the form of a collection of objects, posters, souvenir snow globes, pinball machines, jigsaw puzzles, maps, real and fictional archives, reproductions and other original installations collected and created by the artist around the imaginary world of the former Casablanca Aquarium, which closed in the 1980s.


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