Stephen Wilks, “Trojandonkey,” 2007. Multistage cooperative arts project, during its visit at Espace 150×295, Martil, 2007. Courtesy Espace 150×295
To meet the demands of a diverse audience, Espace 150×295 was founded in 2005 in downtown Martil, a small coastal town near Tetouan, Morocco, by a group of visual artists. S’himi, a native of Asilah and graduate of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan, and Faouzi Laatiri, an artist and teacher at the institute, developed Espace 150×295 to address a difficult local situation. In a country where very little space is dedicated to contemporary art, artists must deliver activities incidental to their practice.
The storefront location of Espace 150×295 offers both walls to hang artwork and room to think. Each month, it presents the work of both Moroccan and international artists as a part of its everyday living space, which gives works that originated in art schools and workshops an opportunity to live for a moment, as a part of the daily activity of a “hangout,” with doors open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except for Sundays and holidays).