Amina Agueznay is an architect born in 1963 in Casablanca, Morocco. After graduating from high school in Casablanca, Agueznay studied architecture at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in architecture in December 1989. Her installations owe much to her training as an architect that she practiced in the United States before returning to settle in Morocco to invest in the field of jewelry creation.
In 1997, she returned to Morocco, where she began to design her own meticulously structured jewelry and contemporary pieces, using traditional shapes and local materials. Conceived as true odes to the material, her first collections lead her towards creations of form and modern use, carried out according to traditional know-how and her own experiments. In her works, we can also recognize Agueznay's passion for architecture. She envisions spectacular adornments, then XXL body installations which gradually begin to occupy the entire space to the detriment of the body. Today, she collaborates with master Moroccan craftsmen to create works of different scales.
Since 1999, when she exhibited her work at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, Amina Agueznay has regularly exhibited in contemporary art exhibitions, for example in Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech, New York, Paris, Algiers, Lille, Rotterdam, Stuttgart and Berlin.
She has also participated in various international fairs in Zurich, Basel, Vienna and Paris. She regularly runs workshops in Kristiansand in Norway, in Istanbul, at the Domaine de Boisbuchet in Lessac, in France and in Morocco. Selected exhibitions include Kubatana, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Oslo, Norway (2019), Material Insanity, Macaal Museum, Marrakech, Maroc (2018), Noise, Canter Hassan II of International Relations, Assilah (2018), Draâ x Draâ, ifa Galerie Stuttgart and Berlin (2016, 2017), Ankabouth, Société Générale Atrium, Casablanca (2016), Casablanca Green, Maison Folie, Mons (2014), Skin, FIAF, New York (2011). In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Mediterranean Fashion Prize.
Her major installations, Cocoon / Alter Cocoon (2010), Skin (2011), Casablanca Green (2015), Ankabouth (2016), and Bruits (2018-2019), will be exhibited at the Mohammed VI Museum in Rabat, New York, respectively, in Paris, Mons in Belgium, Assilah and Marrakech. Today, her appropriation of materials and her artistic expertise give her international recognition as well as a deep knowledge in traditional Moroccan arts. Amina Agueznay currently lives and works in Marrakech.
What type of designer I am: someone who loves the world of craftsmen and the dynamics of sharing. ― Amina Agueznay