For the 2017 edition of the Art Dubai Bar, Moroccan-born, Brooklyn-based artist Meriem Bennani, created an interactive installation titled Ghariba/Stranger, which featured playful video portraits of Moroccan women. The bar area featured viewing pods for visitors to watch Meriem’s videos, inspired by public places that encourage social interactions amongst strangers and reminiscent of beauty salons or entertainment parks.



Meriem Bennani (b. 1988 Rabat, Morocco) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Bennani earned an MFA from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and a BFA from The Cooper Union in New York. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at Saatchi Gallery in London, SIGNAL and MoMA PS1 in New York, and Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

Meet La Atika, one of the four Moroccan women showcased in Art Dubai Project’s 2017 installation ‘Ghariba/Stranger’.

Commissioned artist Meriem Bennani took visitors on a playful-game like journey through the lives of four Moroccan women in the large-scale audio-visual installation. The viewing stations, designed after lounging chairs or beauty salon helmets, offered a viewing experience reminiscent of leisurely scrolling through social media, watching TV or surfing the internet.

They welcomed the viewers into multi-genre videos capturing intimate moments with Lâ Atika, Bouchra, Atika, and Amina.