Biography

Zineb Benjelloun is an artist and illustrator from Morocco with a background in fine arts and documentary filmmaking. She is inspired by the richness of the iconography within Moroccan culture. Her work celebrates the collective imagination and knowledge. In addition to her exhibition work, Zineb does screen printing, illustrations for children’s books, graphic novels, visual identities for local and international cultural events as well as graphic design for public awareness campaigns.

Education

2010

Master’s Degree (Master 2), Documentary Filmmaking. Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille. FR

Professional thesis: “The role of documentary cinema in Morocco: From the expression of collective imagination towards the consolidation of a visual and cultural identity.”

2007

Master’s Degree (Master 1), Cinema Studies. Concentration: Esthetics, Analysis and Creation. Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. FR

Dissertation: “Jean Rouch: Docu-Fiction, Cine-ethnography, and the use of non professional actors as agents of reality”.

2005

Two-year University Degree in Dramatic Arts. Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. FR

2003 — 2004

Two-year University Degree in Fine Arts. Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. FR

2002

French High School Diploma in Economic Sciences. Concentration: Mathematics. Lycée Descartes, Rabat, MO

Selected exhibitions

2018

Printmaker(s), at Kulte, Center of Contemporary Art, Rabat, MO

Kissaria Print Exhibition, at Atelier Kissaria, Tanger, MO

Nouvelle Génération : la bande dessinée arabe d’aujourd’hui, at Musée de la bande dessinée, AngoulêmeFR

2016                    

Out of frame, American University of Cairo, EG

Ça restera entre nous خلف الباب, Tanit Gallery, Beyrouth, LB                   

Out of frame, Rosa Luxembourg Fondation, Tunis, TN

Swab Art Fair, Focus Magreb, Barcelona, ES

Rock Art, Rock en Seine Festival. Paris, FR

2015

Stadt.Räume / l’espace [de] la villeنص نص (Noss Noss) / Gemischtes Doppel » at Le Cube, Independant art room, Rabat, MO

Communicating Science through Comics, at Projektraum C10, Berlin. Curated by Alexandra Hamman. Berlin. DE

In-situ, at Fondation hiba, Rabat. Curated by Jamal Abdenasser. Rabat. MO

Histoires de villes et autres personnages, solo exhibition at le 18 derb el ferrane, Marrakech, MO

2014

The luxury of dirt at Voice Gallery, Marrakech. MO

Féminin pluriel, at Dar Belarj, Marrakech, MO

Tanger Tanger, at La Gaïté Lyrique, Paris, FR

2013

The Souk, at The Kasbah Museum, Tangier, MO

Grants and Artists residencies       

2017                            

RAW Material Company, Center for Art, Knowledge and SocietyArtist residency under the direction of Chimurenga, the panafrican publication of writing, art and politics based in Cape TownDakar, SN

2016  

AFAC grantee for Visual Arts (Arab fund for Art and Culture), LB

Lab619 : BD art d’asile, residence of creation organized by the Lab619 collective and the Fondation Rosa Luxembourg on the theme of migration, Tunis, TN

Samandal : sexuality, youth and poetry, residence of writing with the Lebanese collective of comics Samandal, organized by the comics publisher Alifbata based in Marseille, FR

2015            

Dar Al-Ma'mûn, research and writing on « Darna », a graphic novel project, Marrakech, MO

2005                           

Awarded a merit-based scholarship. University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, FR      

Workshops

2018

Risoprint workshop with Knust Press/Extrapool (Netherlands), at Kulte, center of contemporary art, Rabat, MO

2016

Graphic journalism workshop with MICT (Media in Cooperation and Transition) and Correspondents - A Journalism Platform for North Africa, Tunis, TN

2015

« Science meets Comics, The Anthropocene Kitchen », comics workshop at the Cluster of Excellence, Image, Knowledge, Gestalung of the Humbölt University of Berlin, DE

“De l’espace autre”, drawing workshop as part of the festival Masnâa, Ce qui est là and L’école de littérature, La Source du Lion, art and research space, Casablanca, MO

2014

“Maroc 20”. Narrative graphics applied to Moroccan found footage. Atelier de l’Observatoire, art and research space, Amongst Marrakech Biennale 5 Parallel Projects, MO

2013

Book illustration training for children. Carrefour des Arts, Casablanca, MO

Comics workshop, as part of the first issue of the fanzine " Skefkef", with Open Takafa Collective, Casablanca, MO

Comics workshop as part of the festival Masnâa, La Source du Lion, Casablanca, MO

Documentary filmmaking workshop at the Cinémathèque de Tanger, MO

2011

Writing and directing workshop at the Cinémathèque de Tanger using archival footage focused on collective cultural memory, with Cinémémoire based in Marseille, Tanger, MO

Selected presentations and lectures

2018

“Toward a self image”, as part of the 1-54 Forum “Always decolonise!” curated by Omar Berrada, Marrakech, M0

2017

"Create in times of crisis", as part of the Palest'in and out festival at L'Uzine, art space in Casablanca, MO

"What is the place of illustration in children's book literature in the Maghreb region ? Maghreb Book Fair (1), Oujda, MO

"Face à Picasso, témoignages d'artistes", Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Rabat, M0

"Think Tanger", on how to define the objectives and modalities for implementing a platform of reflexionn creation and collaborative action that will aim to create cultural activities in and for the city of TangierAtelier Kissaria, Tangier, MO    

2016                    

"Sexuality seen by women in contemporary comics" at SoBD, the international comics fair in Paris, FR

Artist's work presentation to the Open Society Foundations, MENASA at Dar Al-Ma'mûn, Marrakech, MO

2015

Member of the jury of the first CairoComix Festival in Cairo, EG

"How do Arab comics relate to taboos, to ideology, to political power?" as part of CairoComix 1, Cairo, EG

Artist's work presentation at Tétouan Fine Arts School, Tétouan, M0

Presentation of “Darna” , a graphic novel project, at La Serre (art space), L'Atelier de l'observatoire. Casablanca, M0

Selected publications

2018

Nouvelle génération : La bande dessinée arabe aujourd’hui, Editions Alifbata, Marseille, FR, 2018 — Comics

Bananas, revue critique de bande dessinée, N° 10, Paris, FR — Comics

2017

"Migrations", Lab619 hors série, Tunis, TN, 2017 — Comics

"Revista Fractal", Revista iberoamericana de ensayo y literatura, N°77, Mexico, MX — Illustration and texts

2016

"Ça restera entre nous خلف الباب", Editions Alifbata, Marseille, FR, 2016. — Comics

"Slanted Special Issue – Marrakech", Slanted Publishers, Mannheim, DE, 2016 — Illustration

"The Anthropocene Kitchen", “Khalid”, Mintwissen’s edition, Berlin, DE, 2016. — Comics

2015

 "Exodus + 2°C" ,in Dyptik Magazine n°31, Casablanca, MO, 2015. — Illustration

“+91”, exhibition catalogue for +91 Project, by Laila Hida & Alia Ali, at le 18 Derb El Ferane, Marrakech, MO — Illustrations

Maroc tuning” in Fields Magazine, N°2, “Clans”, 2015, Berlin, DE — Comics

“Yamna et la plante magique”, E-Madrassa, Yanbow Al kitab and Inwi, 2015, Casablanca, MO — Illustrations

“Sauvons notre patrimoine”, E-Madrassa, Yanbow Al kitab and Inwi, 2015, Casablanca, M0 — Illustrations

“La vie de Yousra”, E-Madrassa, Yanbow Al kitab and Inwi, 2015, Casablanca, M0 — Illustrations

”Des animaux pas bêtes”, E-Madrassa, Yanbow Al kitab and Inwi, 2015, Casablanca, M0 — Illustrations

“Mille et une répliques”. Online book for kids for the social campaign for the youth reading E-Madrassa, Yanbow Al kitab and Inwi, 2015, Casablanca, M0 — Illustrations

“Femmes et religions”, La Croisée Des Chemins et Fan Dok, Casablanca, 2015, M0 — Illustrations

“Samandal, généalogie », “Darna”, abstract published in the comics anthology publication,2015, Beyrouth. — Comics

2013

"Skefkef“, "Maroc Honda tuning”, in , Casablanca, 2013 — Comics

Teaching

2018

“Récits Graphiques”. Comics workshops at ART’COM, Ecole supérieure de Design, Rabat, MO

“Autoportraits”. Children’s illustration workshops at Ecole La Résidence, Casablanca, MO

2015-2016

“Cartographie imaginaires”. Illustration workshops at Ecole supérieure des arts visuels ESAV,  Marrakech, M0

2014-2018

“Dessiner  à plusieurs mains”. Children’s workshops on the theme of Cities and Environment. Paris, Marrakech, Casablanca, Tétouan, Dakar, Oujda.

Graphic design

2018

Visual identity and illustrations for the new collection of Ulili Moroccan brand of candles, Casablanca, MO

2016

Creation of the poster of the artist Damian Jr. Gong Marley as part of the "Rock en Seine" Festival, Paris, FR

2015

Visual identity (poster, signage) of Nuits Sonores Tanger, MO

Visual identity and illustrations for the new collection of Ulili Moroccan brand of candles, Casablanca, MO

2013 — 2014 

Visual identity (poster, signage and mural) of Tanger Tanger Festival at la Gaîté Lyrique. Paris, FR

Visual identity « Féminin pluriel » group show at Dar Bellarj Foundation, Marrakech, MO

Illustrations and visual identity for Ulili Moroccan brand of candles, Casablanca, MO

Creation of the ZNB illustrated company / Illustration, visual identity creation, graphic design, publishing, documentary filmmaking in Casablanca, MO

2012 — 2009

Graphic design for the corporate calendars of the PLV Ice Maghreb Company. Casablanca, MO

2011 Graphic design and illustration for the “Casablaklaxoon” campaign on sound pollution in Casablanca, MO

Filmmaking

2010

Sound Engineer and Editor — “Ballades”. A documentary film tracing the oral traditions of Andalusia and the contribution of the Moors to local songs and legends. Andalucia, Spain.

2009

Co-writer — “Secret(s)aires”. A documentary film which challenges and investigates the image of the secretary in fiction and in the collective imagination by following four women though their daily routine and getting a rare glimpse of an almost exclusively feminine work space. Paris, France.

2008

Director — “Neptune” (13 min). A documentary film about a social reinsertion through work program based out of a junk shop in the Montreuil area of Paris, France.

2007

Decorator and Prop Master — Two short films on raising awareness for the French League Against Cancer. Sponsored by Arte TV, in partnership with the University of Paris, France.

2006

Director — “Belleville” (3 min). An experimental movie on Super 8 in and about the Belleville (Paris) neighbourhood. Paris, France.

2005

Director — “Magouilles” (13 min), produced by the Festiv’art, Short Film Festival of Limoges. Best screenplay award. Paris, France.

Movie/TV production

2011 — 2012

Head of the Documentary Programming Department at Medi 1 TV (National Television Station), Tangier. Responsible for programming, editorial oversight, as well as writing and directing documentary programs. Tanger, MO

2011

Cultural mediator at the 2nd Nouzah Fennia (Art Walks) of the Casablanca City Arts Festival. Responsible for multimedia content and promotion. Responsible for video programming for the entire festival. Casablanca, MO

2010

Head of hosting at the 3rd edition of FIDADOC, International Documentary FilmFestival of Agadir, MO

Intern at the 5th Panorama of Maghrebi Film festival at the Ecran, an art-house cinema in Saint Denis, FR

2009

Production Assistant at Alif Productions in Paris which has documented North African culture in France for the past 20 years, focusing on issues of immigration and integration. Paris, FR

Languages

Arabic. Native Speaker / French. Native Proficiency / English. Fluent Speaker / Spanish. Working Knowledge