The 2nd edition of the “Design and Crafts” exhibition, entitled “Kan Ya Makan”, combining two worlds of artistic expression, namely Moroccan craftsmanship and design, is to be discovered at the Banque Populaire Gallery.
A press release from the organizers specifies that for this second edition, “Galerie Banque Populaire once again combines two universes of artistic expression: Moroccan craftsmanship, whose creative richness is admired by connoisseurs all over the world, and the design which enriches ancestral know-how skilfully perpetuated by virtuoso craftsmen ”.
Thus, they note, “Kan Ya Makan” offers a magical immersion in a world of craftsmanship revisited by the Moroccan artist designer of the World Leila Billon, who has worked alongside several craftsmen from cooperatives in the Khemisset region, to bring to the general public and art lovers, creations of great beauty, combining authenticity and modernity.
Through this title evocative of wonder, Leila Billon invites visitors to immerse themselves in a magical world with oriental inspirations, on the border of tale and reality, mixing traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design.
She underlines in this regard: “I wanted to start with the idea of an imaginary tale, a bit between East and West but taking place in a traveling magical riad appearing to lost travelers, in which would be presented a summary or a part. references from the Moroccan heritage that “lived” in my childhood… (Hayté, wooden candlesticks, fabrics and paintings painted with henna…). The elements of Moroccan heritage which are dear to me, which are part of my creative universe, enriched with childhood memories, stories … This exhibition is in a way a tribute to a transmission of the Moroccan passion that I received from my mother… ” .
For her part, Bouchra Berrada, chairman of the board of the Banque Populaire de Rabat-Kénitra, said that “Galerie Banque Populaire has chosen to exhibit the result of a happy marriage between designer Leila Billon and Moroccan artisans from several regions. The meeting between these know-how gave birth to a rich, diversified and quality artisanal production, able to meet the expectations of consumers both in Morocco and internationally ”.
Since its creation, the Banque Populaire Gallery has given itself the mission of accompanying and supporting the local cultural and artistic dynamic, by hosting exhibitions of confirmed or emerging artists and craftsmen, originating from the region of Rabat. Kenitra.