Blinded Resident

project and installation A New Carpet For The Sultan, Tamdaght, Morocco & Pompgemaal, guest studio Mondriaan Fund, Den Helder

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).

The sand for the installation was stained with natural pigment taken from different vegetables like beets, yellow onion and red cabbage.
Size carpet 5 x 7.5 m, 61 kilos of sand.

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 Mariëlle Videler stayed 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 her to open up new possibilities of a different order. With covering her eyes outdoors she 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 second part of the project Mariëlle Videler was artist in residence at the Pompgemaal guest studio of the Mondriaan Fonds. There she continued her research on the culture of the Amazigh and their visual language. Eventually she decided to make a sand carpet of about 70 square meters, which would cover the entire lower floor of the Pompgemaal, as a design for a carpet to be weaved in Morocco, by the women of Tamdaght. After several tests with sand types, Mariëlle Videler came to shell sand and silver sand. The colouring was made by means of natural pigments. The sand carpet consisted of three colours, and eight colour shades. The pigments were extracted from red cabbage, beetroot, turmeric and yellow onion. For black she used iron oxide, for white sugar. A New Carpet For The Sultan was deliberately visible for only one day, a contrast between the enormous intensity of preparation and the rapid blurring of the natural pigments.

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