Blinded Resident

Project, research and installation
This project is about discovering Morocco without seeing the country; a visual research on the patterns of the Amazigh culture. Blinded Resident is a sequel to Blinded Tourist (2010).

Tamdaght, Morocco & Pompgemaal, guest studio Mondriaan Foundation, Den Helder

Blog - view research and work process: www.mariellevideler.nl/blinded/

Review by Hanne Hagenaars for Mister Motley (PDF - NL)

Blinded Resident
is supported by an anonymous fund and the Mondriaan Fund

Blinded Resident

Blinded Resident is an art project that researches forms of movement, travel and exchange. It is a sequel to Blinded Tourist (2010) a journey undertaken in an installation, a handmade settlement, in art space W139, Amsterdam.

In the first part of Blinded Resident Istayed in an isolated place in Morocco, Kasbah de les Cigognes in Tamdaght, without actually seeing the country. To rule out vision means to transgress a barrier of comfort, which allowed me to open up new possibilities of a different order. With covering my eyes outdoors I concentrated on listening, smelling, feeling and tasting.
Indoor encounters with Moroccan and Dutch women were central to this project. The women of the Amazigh culture used to visualise their identity via different expressions. Blinded Resident is a study of perception and identity, and the role that signs and textiles patterns play in the Amazigh culture.

During the main part of the project I was artist in residence at the Pompgemaal guest studio of the Mondriaan Fonds. There I created the installation A New Carpet For The Sultan.

More images and information in the blog: www.mariellevideler.nl/blinded/


Installation A New Carpet For The Sultan, 2014

9.5 x 7.5 meter, 61 kilos of sand

The sand was stained with natural pigment taken from different vegetables like beets, yellow onion and red cabbage.