"Stories from Morocco", born from the collaboration of about twenty Moroccan families of the Bab Sahara association of Turin with the managers of the MAO Educational Services and two curators of the Egyptian Museum, is the final result of a journey started in the autumn of last year: during numerous meetings and exchanges, the referents of the two museums and the participants in the project carried out a reflection on the idea of memory and cultural heritage, culminating in the exhibition which opens at the MAO on June 13.
The objects kept in museums have a value that derives from their ability to tell and transmit an individual or collective history and memory: the archaeological finds and exhibited works are therefore witnesses of an identity and a culture. In the same way, some objects, chosen among many by those who leave their home to settle in another country, take on a different value and become vehicles for transmitting a living memory: they become a heritage of material culture.
Based on these assumptions, participants in the project were asked to imagine an ideal museum where to collect and show their cultural background, their identity and the traditions brought to Italy from Morocco. The families, and in particular the women, have therefore selected personal objects that testify the memory of their country and, together with the museum staff, have finally taken care of every detail of the small exhibition, from the choice of materials to the display in the showcase to the writing captions. In the transition from the object to its story, the material heritage has been enriched with a precious immaterial aspect of memory and testimony: the material culture and personal memories of the participants take shape in many narratives linked to iconic objects.
The theme of the exhibition scheduled at MAO is "Kits and beauty": among the objects selected by the women of the Bab Sahara association who participated in the project we therefore find a Berber wedding dress, the necessary for the hammam ritual and a teapot.
Entrance to "Stories from Morocco. Objects that bear witness to identity and memory "is free.