Hicham Matini is a Moroccan artist born in 1987 in Tahla. He graduated from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan in 2014 and is a visual artist who is interested in fundamental questions of the visual representation of geopolitical issues. His research focuses mainly on the issue of cultural hegemony of images and also the interest brought on public debate.
As a multi-disciplinary artist, he explores the notions of borders, urban violence and generational conflicts through a variety of mediums. Hicham Matini's "image morte" painting project questions the relationship between audience and media, he draws on collective imaginations to reclaim the popular symbol and highlight the dialectic traditions / modernity that tears Moroccan society today. His work reflects an insightful gaze that is both specific and global because according to the artist, “our society considers the transmission of culture with more ease when it is of the order of distraction”. Finally, his committed work aims at proposing extensive reading grids at a time when the "virality" of the image is the only criterion for its veracity. Hicham Matini has exhibited his work at the 5th Marrakech Biennale and the Museum of New Art Armada.
The audiovisual industry generates gregarious behavior and not, unlike a legend, individual behavior. To say that we live in an individualistic society is an obvious lie, an extraordinarily false delusion ... We live in a herd-society, as Nietzsche understood and anticipated. ― Bernard Stiegler