Hamid Kachmar's "Intricacies"

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.




Comments (13)  

0 #1 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Hamid Kachmar's "Intricacies"hmimarmad 2009-03-26 14:12
Thank you very much for bringing this piece for us to see. Moroccan art is so diverse and rich and the more we place it in a podium, the better for our artists.
Our Artists need all the help they could get. I had great hope in Touria Jabrane to change things a bit but so far is the same old same old. I guess money talks. Her ministry does not get enough dough to be able to make a change.
Events such as these can only help. When Nawal moutawakil and Aouita won the Olympic medals, things changed dramatically in Athletics, lets hope the same can happen to Art.
0 #2 AzulMo 2009-03-26 17:55
The following is a review of some of Hamid's previews work:

(Hamid Kachmar is a descendant of a nomadic Berber tribe in Tafilalet, a region in the southeastern part of Morocco. His materials and techniques evoke metaphors, moods, and expressions of where he grew up and his travels experiences. Kachmar’s fanatical use of natural pigments, most of which are from his mother’s dying repertoire include, walnut, madder, henna, and saffron....thei r preparation is part of his alchemistic approach to creativity. He uses textured surfaces to convey memory’s persistence and perseverance: colors are of earth tones - warm shades of yellows, browns, reds, ochre’s; colors from southeastern Morocco. Most of the materials have a sort of “sacred” value or a close relationship with his background; wool, wood and sand are of a major presence in his work. His goal is to bring his cultural heritage to speak across time and cultural borders. By incorporating symbols of the alphabet “Tifinagh,” weaving, architecture and body adornment patterns, he captures the wisdom of Berber myths and tales and by communicating its imaginative energy. “I’d like to consider myself, along with historians, writers, poets and architects, a perpetuator and a guardian of human heritage and gatekeeper of a collective visual memory.”)

Thank you Hamid for inviting me and thanks to Moroccoboard for the great coverage. I hope we see more HAMIDs in the future. Great jobs guys!
0 #3 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Hamid Kachmar's "Intricacies"redsecretredcreate 2009-03-30 05:58
"A culmination of symbols that transcend time". This artist is truly an ambassador of Berber culture from Morocco. Very interesting... Something to check out! Still showing in DC for a few more weeks...
0 #4 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Hamid Kachmar's "Intricacies"yeschou 2009-04-03 18:07
Impeccable illustration dune fertile imagination ! Parfaite harmonie entre la symbolique que véhicule le signe, les couleurs chaudes dun destin en mouvement et le support façonné par des années de résistance.

Merci Kachmar pour cette exposition qui démontre encore une fois que lHomme amazigh a su, et ce depuis la préhistoire, entretenir un patrimoine admirable, une mémoire collective millénaire et une croyance incontestable dans la noblesse de lart et de la culture des peuples.
0 #5 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Hamid Kachmar's "Intricacies"Leen 2009-04-06 11:04
Hello Hamid,
Tes tableaux sont magnifiques comme toujours.
boutdarine jamal u hddu
0 #6 ayyuzboutdarine jamal u hddu 2009-04-19 09:59
azul hamid , walu ur i tudjid mayed ttinigh , bravo tawuri nnek tga taxatart c 'est un beau travail d'artiste , kemmel g ubrid nnagh .ayyuz
0 #7 tanmerteomar-tinghir 2009-05-19 09:53
BOnne contenuation hamidd tadighoust en force !!
BOUTDARINE Mohamed u Yechou Toulouse, FRANCE
0 #8 Bravo l'ArtisteBOUTDARINE Mohamed u Yechou Toulouse, FRANCE 2009-05-20 13:18
Ton travail et ton imagination nous ramène à la chaleur de nos racines...et à la noblesse de nos origines...Brav o

boutdarine  boukil  u  yucho
0 #9 assucion paraguayboutdarine boukil u yucho 2009-07-30 13:30
bravo hamid jolie travail un vrai artiste
Brahim  jlok
+1 #10 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Hamid Kachmar's "Intricacies"Brahim jlok 2009-11-04 08:37
hi Hamid well done am really proud of you and facinating by your great work keep it up .you are real OMARGHAD
+3 #11 tanmirtidir 2012-02-08 06:35
tanmirt agmano Hamid, ak yadj rebi abda. wlah ghass tbourztakh
Tudert I imazighn
Imazighn I Tudert
0 #12 bravosamiraaa 2013-02-01 15:30
salut Hamid je suis très heureuse de voir tes succès ça faits grand plaisir
Mustapha Chari
0 #13 helloMustapha Chari 2013-03-11 08:50
Hello Hamid,
Tes tableaux sont magnifiques toujours
I haven't seen you for a long time. je tiens a mercier le net de bien te voir
Bonne continuation Hamid , adak ihlou

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