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40 Under 40 Africa

Omar Berrada

7 September 2020

Director, Dar al-Ma’mûn, Marrakech

Omar Berrada is the director and co-founder of Dar al-Ma’mûn, a library and centre for artists’ residencies that opened in Marrakech in 2010. His work as a curator, writer, editor and translator focuses on the politics of translation and the transmission of knowledge between generations. One of his latest projects is the posthumous publication of the film-maker Ahmed Bouanani’s history of Moroccan cinema, La Septième Porte (Kulte Editions 2020); other books he has edited or co-edited include Album – Cinémathèque de Tanger, a survey of film in Tangier, and The Africans, about racial politics in Morocco. He has curated in countries across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the US, both independently and in his previous roles as co-director of the Global Art Forum in Dubai (2014) and curator of public programmes at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2006–09). Berrada lives in New York, where he teaches at the Cooper Union and co-organises its Intra-Disciplinary Seminar (IDS), a series of public lectures on contemporary thought and art practice.

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