Fathiya tahiri

curated by Paolo De Grandis
Coordinator: Carlotta Scarpa,  PDG Arte Communications

8 July– 2 September 2018
Museo d’Arte Costantino Barbella
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 9.00am – 1.00pm, Tuesday and Thursday 3.00pm – 6.00pm,
first Sunday of the month 9.00 – 12.00
The expressive research of Fathiya Tahiri has developed a rare consistency over the years. He insisted on his fears, his emotions and obsessions to compete with the world. The resources that have influenced it may seem obvious, such as the Moroccan color tradition or the surrealist background, but in reality the combinations and characters of the people in his paintings or his anthropomorphic sculptures assume a “pathetic” expression in a rebirth he continues, turning into the paths of the soul that were to be expressed in this way.


Fathiya Tahiri was born in 1959 in Rabat, capital of the Kingdom of Morocco. The first works date back to his early childhood; he made sculptures with every material at his disposal: candles, clay, earth, fabric … His first drawings date back to the age of 15, when he began his vocation for architecture. At the age of 18 he moved to France, where he studied at the School of Architecture in Paris (École Spéciale d’Architecture). These few years passed in the city of lights allows her to mature under an artistic profile. In 1986, he opened his architectural practice in Rabat and carried out several projects in several Moroccan cities, at the same time creating works of furnishing art, which he exhibited at the Mohamed V Theater in Rabat and Casablanca. In 2002, Fathiya Tahiri was invited to exhibit her SCULPTURE FOR THE BODY at the Correr Museum in Venice, in the “Napoleonic Wing”. The display of great splendor is placed under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. Afterwards, he collected several exhibitions of sculptures, first at the Open Art & Cinema “Film Festival” of Venice in 2003 and in 2004 at the Venice Film Festival. In 2005, Fathiya Tahiri represented Morocco at the Venice Biennale. It chooses as a place to display the symbolic Church of Santa Maria della Pietà. At the request of the organizers, he returns with his new works to represent Morocco in 2009 at the Venice Biennale. In April 2011, she was invited to the prestigious Shanghai Art Museum. In China, his creations have been warmly appreciated by art critics and gallery owners. Fathiya Tahiri’s work is powerful. It constantly pushes the limits of original universes, in a combination of expressions of a new transcendent, unique and captivating world.