Farouk El Maarouf
- About me
Freshly graduated from the Center of Moroccan Cultural Studies at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, El Maarouf Farouk was awarded a fellowship at MECAM-Fellowships for the IFG "Aesthetics & Cultural Practice" (Philipps Marburg University). Currently, El Maarouf is a Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Giessen University.
Dissertation working title: The Aesthetics of the Margin: Vernacular Art Communities, Curious Dealers, Unorthodox Art Consumers, and Alternative visualities in Morocco.
My research project revolves around visual art and art communities in contemporary Morocco. It is about communities (artists, artisans, art dealers, middlemen, collectors, experts, passionate art savourers) that, unlike the typical top-notch, upscale, wealthy fine art connoisseurs, live under the line of poverty and hardly make ends meet. By focusing on the marginalized, poverty-ridden communities that dwell in hidden unsightly Moroccan markets, weekly souks, café bazaars, informal transaction locations, I attempt to come to an understanding of how such communities conceive of art in the absence of the most basic forms of decent living. Hence, my research project departs from the contemporary cultural, social and political history of Morocco to generate an adequate discussion on the meanings and implications of seeing (visualizing) in the domain of art and culture.
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Joern Ahrens
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0839-453X
Coming to Terms with Marginal Art(ists) in Morocco (2022). Trafo Blog for Transregional Research. MECAM. https://trafo.hypotheses.org/33635
Game Without Game: (un)timely Teen Politics in Morocco (2021). Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Brill
Co-authors: Moulay Driss El Maarouf and Taieb Belghazi. DOI:10.1163/18739865-01403006
The Chromatic Performance of Yassine Balbzioui (2021). Book contribution by Iwalewahaus: Universität Bayreuth
Book title: Yassine Balbzioui: Identity to Rent
City as Canvas: Street Art(ists), Walls and the City between State Patronage and Artistic Transformation (2020). Journal of Matatu, 51. Brill
Co-author: Moulay Driss El Maarouf. DOI: 10.1163/18757421-05101009
Covid-19: A Critical Ontology of the Present (2020). Journal of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Co-authors: Moulay Driss El Maarouf and Taieb Belghazi. DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2020.1757426
Public Presentation and workshop at Tunis University. Presentation title: Street Art, Festivity and The Politics of Possession in The Moroccan Urban Space.
Public presentation at Marburg University (2021). Presentation title: The Aesthetics of the Margin: Vernacular Art Communities in Morocco
"A New Covid-Reality?: Philosophy's Voice In and For the Crisis" By COCO I (2021). Paper name: COVID-19: Knowing our Disasters Through Memesis.
- Land Conference at the University of Cape Town, South Africa (2019). Paper name: When Archeology Meets its Arc: The Soil and Its Diggers in Times of Precariousness.
- Research Interests
- Cultural Studies
- Youth Activism
Faculty of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Member of the editorial board of 'Aesthetic Practices and Mediated Temporalities of the Maghreb and the Mashriq' blog series by the Merian Center for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM), Philipps-Universität Marburg and Tunis University.