Sub-Saharan African migrants in Morocco find hope in art and performance

By Robert Dozier

RABAT, Morocco – Jackie Zappa, is an artist from the Ivory Coast — one of an estimated 30 thousand migrants from Sub Saharan Africa. A painter and sculptor, Zappa says he lived in Tunisia and Algeria but his art was not appreciated in those countries.  Communities of migrant artists, musicians and performers are flourishing in Rabat and Casablanca.

“Morocco is the only place in Africa where I can improve my talent,” said Zappa.

Last year alone, more than one million people migrated to Europe, mostly from Africa and the Middle East, according to the International Organization for Migration. 

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“Art and Harmony”: Khadija Zizi Strikes a Balance in Solo Art Exhibition


Khadija Zizi began creating her bold, dynamic artwork in 2000, when she took a painting class and never stopped. Since then, she has refined and explored both her craft and themes: travel, motherhood, and the balance found between harmony and discord.

Her contemporary abstract expressionist work expresses emotion through dynamic shape and color, inviting the viewer to resolve conflict through visual experience.

Zizi’s paintings are a striking meditation on the material aspects of form, color and texture as well as a literal and metaphorical journey through culture and archetype.

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