Nawal Slaoui
Nawal Slaoui

Nawal Slaoui is French-Moroccan, she lives and works in Casablanca, Morocco. She produces and promotes contemporary art. Nawal also practices curating on specific projects.

After spending her childhood in New York, where she is early initiated to the Arts, Nawal Slaoui joined the American School of Tangier. She enrolled at the Boston University where she graduated in Islamic history. Back to Morocco at the age of 25, she dedicated herself to promoting new artistic expressions (photography, installations, new technologies, video, etc.), still embryonic at that time in Morocco. She opened her first art gallery, Meltem, in 1993 in Casablanca and contributed to the creation of the Actua Foundation for the first Moroccan bank, where she led the research and the promotion of young talent through exhibitions involving especially, Mounir Fatmi, Hicham Benohoud and Lamia Naji.

Nawal continued her exploration of diverse art forms. In 2000 she went to Miami USA to create a line of contemporary tableware with a Moroccan influence “Yzza” which was sold in the prestigious establishments of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. 

In 2005, back in Morocco, Nawal Slaoui was appointed artistic director of the section Urban Art of the Casablanca Festival. In 2008, she founded the Madar Association, a non-profit organization, which core values are the arts, education and the environment. In 2010, she created CulturesInterface, a production and distribution structure of contemporary art in order to promote Moroccan and North African emerging artistic expression at international levels. In 2011, CulturesInterface curated and produced the exhibition Senses and essence in New York and Casablanca with artists Amina Agueznay, Najia Mehadji and Safaa Erruas. In 2012 she repeated the experiment with the exhibition The World is not as I see it in Paris and Casablanca with Zineb Andress Arraki, Amina Benbouchta, Hicham Berrada, Driss Ksikes and Simohammed Fettaka. Nawal Slaoui also assists artists by lending them support with the production of works she presents to the public in solo exhibitions and in 2014, during the 5th edition of the Biennale of Marrakech.

Nawal Slaoui is invited by the MuCEM as co-curator of the exhibition Des artistes dans la cité : l’art en travail  (March-June 2014) involving: Mustapha Akrim, Hicham Benohoud, Simohammed Fettaka, Faouzi Laatiris, Youssef Ouchra, Younes Rahmoun and Batul S'himi.

In 2015, she participates at the 1st edition of the Biennale of arab photography in Paris in collaboration with Binôme gallery where she presents new works by Zineb Andress Arraki.


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