Everyone is invited to visit Lucinda's exhibition in Marrakech Medina opening the 8 of January 2014 - come and see this exhibition of this very talented artist.
Lucinda Arundell moved to Ben Salah in the historical centre of Marrakech medina with her husband in November 2012. Fascinated by the everyday life in the streets and derbs, she decided to dedicate a major artistic project to the subject.
The relationship between a person and his image is very particular in Morocco and especially so in the old Medina of Marrakech. How then could Lucinda capture the true meaning and the deep soul of the people without betraying the postures and attitudes of the personalities through posed pictures ? She took the radical decision to capture images in secret. So she went out with her camera under her jacket and took photographs of her subjects in everyday situations without their knowing.
Throughout 2013, Lucinda worked on the collection in her studio in Derb El Koudia and created 24 works, each more astonishing than the next. She has created a series of paintings which capture the intimate life of this poor and historical quarter of the Medina. It is fair to say that nothing like this has been done before.
Lucinda wanted to gift the collection to the less well-off people of Ben Salah. But how to do it, given that the images had been stolen at the start ?
With the help and collaboration of the Ben Salah Association for social development it was decided to approach each and every person in the paintings and to ask for their retrospective agreement. Thus started a period of remarkable negotiation and tension with over fifty individuals from Ben Salah, of every age and from all walks of life,
Lucinda invited each of them one by one to visit her studio and to view the whole collection. It quickly became apparent that once the initial shock had subsided, everyone was delighted and thrilled with the project. A groundswell of support was created and even the most reticent of the subjects gave their formal agreement to the exhibition.
Everyone who figures in the paintings has been invited to the opening of the exhibition and they have helped with the installation with pride, joy and enthousiasm.
Now Lucinda joins with them to wish you a very hearty welcome to the exhibition Ben Salah Medina and encourages you to show your support for the Ben Salah Association for social development by buying the paintings. You can also make a donation in appreciation of all the hard work done by so many people from Ben Salah, a poor quarter in the heart of Marrakech.
Lucinda and the inhabitants of Ben Salah thank you for your generosity and wish you an enjoyable exhibition.
January 8th 2014
Theatre Royal Marrakech