Hicham GardafBiographie





Born in Tangier (Morocco) 1989. He lives and works between London and Tangier.

Gardaf’s artwork often addresses the urban/suburban issues and the rapidly changing landscapes that are particular to the country of Morocco.

After having photographed his own neighbourhood and its inhabitants through various projects for a number of years, Gardaf started a series of projects: Intersections (2014-ongoing), Provisional Structures (2015-ongoing), and The Red Square (2015-ongoing), which depict the newly transformed communities in the Moroccan suburbs, exploring the changes in the environments, the results of unplanned suburban structures, and the formation of new landscapes.

His recent exhibitions include Identités à venir at Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris in 2017; Excursion at Fondation Abderahman Slaoui in Casablanca in 2016; and Histoire(s) Contemporaine(s) at Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris in 2015.



2017 Joop Swart Masterclass, Amsterdam
2016 Bourse du Talent, BNF
2016 Air, Think Tanger, City Manifesto, Tangier
2015 Arab Documentary Photography Program, Beirut
2015 Air, Fondation des Treilles, Tourtour
2014 Air, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris


2018 GHOST, Guest Projects, London
2018 La pelouse est mon dernier refuge, Galerie Delacroix, Tanger
2017 Africa Is No Island, MACAAL, Marrakech
2017 Amazigh, Galerie 127, Marrakech
2017 How to Tell When the Rebels Have Won, Beit Beirut, Beirut
2017 AKAA, Also Known As Africa, Contemporary Art and Design Fair, Paris
2017 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London
2017 Quelle Architecture pour la Banlieue?, Galerie Regard Sud, Lyon
2017 ICP Projected, International Center of Photography, New York
2017 City Manifesto, Galerie Delacroix, Tangier
2017 21 Minutes, La Galerie Jeune Création, Paris
2017 Identités à Venir, Maison de la Photographie, Lille
2017 La Ville Autrement, La Friche La Belle de Mai, Marseille
2017 Identités à Venir, Institut Français de Milan, Milan
2017 Intersections, Théâtres en Dracénie, Draguignan
2016 Excursion, Fondation Abderrahman Slaoui, Casablanca
2016 Excursion, Institut Français d’Essaouira, Essaouira
2016 Identités à Venir, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
2016 City Manifesto, Technopark, Tangier
2016 AKAA, Contemporary Art and Design Fair, Paris
2016 Wall on Paper, Galerie 127, Marrakech
2015 Excursion, Galerie 127, Marrakech
2015 Excursion, Institut Français de Rabat, Rabat
2015 Excursion, Galerie 121, Paris
2015 Histoire(s) contemporaine(s), Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
2014 Addisfotofest, Addis abeba
2014 Un Maroc raconté autrement, Hotel de Sauroy, Paris
2013 Extimacy, Galerie 127, Marrakech
2013 10 Contemporary Moroccan Photographers, MMPVA


Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts, Marrakech
Fondation des Treilles, Tourtour
Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Paris
Museum of African Contemporary Art AL Maaden, Marrakech
The U.S Embassy, Rabat