The route of murals in Morocco that you cannot miss if you are a lover of contemporary art
The good thing about art is that it can handle multiple disciplines. We find art in a decorative canvas for the home, as in a sculpture, in a doodle of millions of euros in the market and in that melody that you cannot get out of your head. It is so liquid and versatile that we can find it in any remote corner. Morocco, for years, has had it very present and in many cities there has been the pretense of seeking that connection between society and art through street art. The graffiti are a vehicle of social and cultural transmission and a form of repetition of the walls of the buildings taking advantage of their architectural function.
How have the streets of Morocco become museums? Through the initiatives of artists who have decided to transform the urban space into places to contemplate and express the culture of the Moroccan people.
“Jidar, toiles de rue” is what is known in French as “street art”. Works by artists and graffiti artists from various countries who have left their signature on the walls of cities such as Rabat, Asilah, Melilla or Chauen in order to surprise neighbors and foreigners every time they walk through the neighborhoods.
First of all, Rabat is a perfect destination to explore this city by discovering the gigantic works. Many of them, spread over different neighborhoods and areas of them, an atypical landscape that will surprise children and adults. From figuration to abstracism to psychedelic portraits of contemporary Morocco, sprais and the novel air that this collection of murals give off take to the streets.
Another of the beautiful cities where murals like these are displayed is Asilah. 46km south of Tangier, Asilah is one of the most welcoming and beautiful coastal cities on the Moroccan coast. Located on the Atlantic front of the country, its houses are painted almost entirely in white and blue and it stands out for having a multitude of murals painted as if it were an open-air museum, (as we can see in the image).
The most striking thing about these murals is that they are being renewed and every year, at the Cultural Festival of the town, artists from all over the world come to change the appearance of the medina, filling it with friendly and lively motifs.
On the other hand, if we want to continue contemplating this incredible street art route, your next destination has to be Chefchaouen. At the entrance of the town located in the middle of the Rif mountain range, in Chauen or Chef-Chauen there are some of the most impressive murals in Morocco.
As a last destination, Melilla has a multitude of pictorial murals located in an area of the city near the Mediterranean school, in the El Rastro neighborhood. Influenced by Arabic art and modernist features, the murals contain drawings that allude to berber and muslim culture combined with striking colors.
An experience to contemplate street art visiting open-air museums just walking through the city, thus bringing art closer to the inhabitants.