La Fondation Touria et Abdelaziz Tazi : Artist Residency
The Touria and Abdelaziz Tazi Foundation is an association, created in June 2013 to promote creation and culture through patronage actions: development of a multidisciplinary cultural space – L’Uzine -, residencies, productions, grants… It is based in Morocco, Casablanca, 19, Bd Ibnou Al Abbad, Aïn Sebaâ.
The Foundation supports artists, cultural and artistic actors as well as cultural projects related to youth and diversity.
L’Uzine, created in 2014, is a multidisciplinary cultural and artistic space located in the industrial district Aïn Sebaâ in Casablanca. A space entirely dedicated to creation, transmission and encounters between audiences, artists and creation. Its missions are:
Offering a space of expression through art and culture
Providing a working space (reflection, rehearsals, creation) for artists (music, dance, theatre, photography, cinema, comics)
Offering a space of diffusion to the Moroccan and international creation
Offering a space for meetings and exchanges around creation
Offering to the members workshops, training courses, meetings with artists and confirmed professionals, master-classes…
Uzine is also a space that allows the public to discover and meet creation and culture. In addition to welcoming and showcasing the artistic creations produced within its walls, L’Uzine offers a program structured around regular meetings..:
Video projections/film fiction/animation and documentaries
Meetings, seminars and debates
Master Classes publiques
Dance creations, circus…
Located in the heart of Aïn Sebâa, the Uzine cultural space allows through the actions that it carries out, whether they are of diffusion or transmission, to decompartmentalize the district and to open it on the Casablanca territory via the culture and the creation. Indeed, if the Uzine receives an audience from Aïn Sebâa and surrounding districts (Hay Mohammedi, Sidi Bernoussi, Roches Noires…), it also receives visitors and adherents from the whole city, but also from Mohammadia, Rabat, Settat…
THE SPACES OF THE UZINE
The Foundation, as part of its activities, offers a place of work to artists at Uzine:
Residencies last between one and three weeks. L’Uzine offers artists the material necessary for their creations:
8 music studios equipped
1 recording studio
4 dance and theatre rooms with parquet flooring
Several multi-purpose spaces
At the end of the residency periods, a first presentation of the creation (work in progress) is organised and spectators are invited.