Episode 6: Houda Rahmani - The Necessity of Art + On Inspiration by the Sea

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Houda Rahmani is a Moroccan artist, illustrator, graphic designer, and photographer. She studied fine art at Institut National de Beaux Arts in Tetouan and later completed a masters program in cinema. Her work has won numerous awards and has been commissioned by local businesses in Tangier, where she is based. She has experience in a wide variety of mediums, exploring and playing with what art-making means to her. She is currently pursuing a PhD in fine art, working on personal projects, and teaches graphic design at a local university. Houda’s work is both delicate and powerful, as are her thoughts and ideas about art and it’s importance to her personally and to the wider world. 

In this face to face conversation, both of us cross-legged on the floor of my tangier apartment, we discuss the academic side of art and her experience of studying fine arts in Morocco, watercolors and visual arts as poetry, we talk about the paradox of instagram- how it can make us more self-conscious about our work, but also more connected and equal in terms of artistic opportunity around the world. We discuss the difference between art vs. craft, moroccan traditional arts, whether art is a basic necessity of life, and our mutual love of the sea

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Notes

-Houda’s instagram and portfolio
-Oud Studio instagram (her personal design studio)
-An example of gnawa music
-Kabaret Chikhats (and a french article about them here)
-Design Matters by Debbie Millman, and the Ten-Year Plan


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