Nabil Himich

Nabil Himich graduated from the Institut national des beaux-arts de Tétouan in 2020. He lives in Marrakech, Morocco.

Himich uses a multilayered approach to investigate and articulate the intersection of architecture and literature as political themes. His interdisciplinary practice involves painting, installation, writing, drawing, sculpture and participatory forms. This allows him to explore such themes as the singular and the multiple, unequal structures, psychogeography and territoriality. He adopts notions such as con-texture and archi-texture to serve as deconstructive regimes of thought and action. These notions are also conceptual tools for the emergence of narratives on class issues, representation, the distribution of territory and knowledge, the production of space and the formation of place.
Himich’s research is mainly enacted by a reliance on the conditions of experience instead of the experience itself and on the alignment of art-making with the notions of locality, contextuality and site-specificity. The site-specific context of making embraces the concept of embodiment and its relation to work, transcending rigid forms and characterized by the ability to move across space, things, bodies and more.

His work includes or has been shown at: Toutes les premières fois, LE 18, Marrakech, 2022; the participative installation Ours, as part of the Charita programme – MIRAGES OF RESISTENCE, curated by Francesca Mosereo and Rim Majdi and supported by Dar Bellarej, 2023; The Promise of Trace, Malhoun Art Space, Marrakech, 2023; Attempts in Localisation, part of In Continuous Dialogue, in collaboration with Essi Pellika, Oksasenkatu and Space for Free Arts, Helsinki, curated by Noora Lehtovuori and Joonas Pulkkinen, 2022–23, Plié Dépliant, LE 18, Marrakech, 2022.

Nabil Himich will spend his time in Brussels researching the (ir)relevance of place in perception and representation within the framework of his project Windows without Houses. He will explore how these potentialities are situated in the discursive and site-specific settings between localities and cultural pluralities, between staying and moving. While exploring the multiple aspects of Brussels, he will search for (im)possible translations of locality and traditions in an attempt to formulate a concept of radical translation through forms.