Léa Morin

Co-director, L'Atelier de l'Observatoire (Morocco)

Curator and independent researcher, Léa Morin is co-founder and director of the Atelier de l’Observatoire (Art and Research) in Casablanca. She was formerly programmer and director of the Cinémathèque de Tanger.

Her practice primarily focuses on the conceptualisation and realisation of shared spaces for research, taking the form of workshops, seminars, exhibitions, screenings, publications, film restoration, preservation projects and educational programs. Her research explores archives, history and film heritage from North Africa, seeking to trace possible historiographies based on the absent, disappeared or forgotten.

A Collective Museum for Casablanca

The Collective Museum is a citizen-led museum dedicated to the public memory of cities, which hosts particularly objects and documents that are about to disappear, therefore tracing a history of what could have no more be.  It takes the form of a series of participative actions of research, collection and recuperation of documents, archives, photographs, objects, films and other memories, embodying the traces of cities’ life (stations, factories, markets), of families’ daily and private lives, or finally of old public and educational spaces (amusement parks, swimming pools, aquariums, schools, cinemas, zoos, etc.) all about to disappear, to be closed down, already abandoned or at risk of being demolished.

The Collective Museum develops primarily around the collective memory of the city of Casablanca, though it took place also in other African and Arab cities such as Algiers, Sharjah and Nouakchott