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A Look Inside Morocco’s First Contemporary Art Museum

Morocco has opened its first contemporary art museum, the Mohammed VI Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, in Rabat.

Photos provided by the Mohammed VI Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art


Morocco opened its first contemporary art museum last week in Rabat. The Mohammed VI Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art (MMVI) is Morocco's first large-scale museum built since the country's independence from France in 1956. The three-floor building, whose designers were influenced by traditional Moroccan architecture, took a decade to construct. The museum’s first exhibit, “1914–2014: 100 Years of Creation," explores a century of Moroccan art with over 400 pieces by 200 Moroccan artists, including Hassan Hajjaj, Safaa Erruas, Younes Rahmoun, Batoul Shimi, Mounir Fatmi, Lamia Naji, Abbes Saladi, Mohamed Sarghini, Meriem Meziane, Mohamed Hamri, Tayeb Lahlou, and Ahmed Yacoubi.

MMVI celebrated its opening on Tuesday, October 7th, with an inauguration attended by the museum's namesake King Mohammed VI, and a screening of Moroccan filmmaker Nour-Eddine Lakhmari's documentary on the museum's creation. It then opened its doors to the public on Thursday, October 9th. MMVI is open every day (except Tuesday) from 10am to 6pm. Follow them on facebook and twitter for more info. See the gallery above for a look inside the museum and watch Nour-Eddine Lakhmari's short clip below.

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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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