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Hamid Kachmar, a Moroccan born painter is now featured in an exhibition entitled "Intricacies" at the Parish gallery in Washington, DC. Mr. Kachmar is a multifaceted, internationally trained artist of indigenous Moroccan Amazigh ancestry. His materials and techniques evoke metaphors, moods, and expressions from where he grew up and what he experienced during his studies and travels. His work is mostly, not entirely inspired by his Amazigh culture, his philosophy of life and survival and its embodiment in “poetic objects” such as weaving, wood carving, and body adornment, and he strives to employ universal metaphoric content to his work. MoroccoBoard TV, in this documentary, directs a spotlight on this unique and talented Artist.
“I have recently been investigating the process by which transient and fugitive identities take place while collective cultural ones endure global osmosis in order to preserve their peculiarities. Although we live in a more cross-cultural and interconnected world we strive to understand, communicate, and express ourselves due to implications of cultural idioms, dislocations, alienations, and hegemonies. Translating that to my art, I consider my surfaces as spaces of transience, interaction, and transformation. They are constructed out of several intricate and interwoven visual elements. Identity, memory and daily encounters are the crux of my creative endeavor.”
Mr. Kachmar received his BA degree from Meknes University in Morocco in 1995 and his MFA from Howard University in 2006. He teaches at the Children’s Studio School for Arts and Architecture in Washington, DC along with lecturing at Howard University.
For the past 12 years his works have been shown in exhibitions in Washington, DC, Virginia, Oregon, New England and North Carolina, along with exhibits in France, Spain, and Morocco.
He has been the recipient of several awards from Howard University and is an active supporter of Moroccan American children art workshops.