127, Avenue Mohammed V, 2ème étage, Guéliz, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Photo courtesy of Galerie 127
Africa's First Contemporary Photography GalleryGoing strong for more than 10 years, Galerie 127 was the first in Africa to focus completely on contemporary photography. The theme has endured, and owner and curator Nathalie Locatelli now represents more than 30 photographers covering the Maghreb with regularly changing exhibitions, book signings, and seminars. Housed on the first floor of an art deco block opposite the old Marche Central, the gallery has 13-foot-high ceilings, clean lines, and areas of exposed brick recalling the galleries of New York—perfect for showcasing the large-format photography that Locatelli favors. It’s particularly interesting to see the works of Moroccan photographers such as Hicham Gardaf, who captured his hometown of Tangier in intimate detail, and Yasmina Bouziane, whose highly stylized still-life images play with gender. Note: Opening hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 3–7 p.m.