Latifa Echakhch at Jan Mot, Brussels

Jan Mot presents a group exhibition entitled ‘A buoy if not a beacon’ with works by Francis Alÿs, Giovanni Anselmo and Latifa Echakhch. ‘Le Thé de Saïd’ (2010) creates a connection between inside and outside and lets the weather conditions be the works’ protocol. A small teapot is ready to catch rainwater from a gutter that runs along the gallery’s walls, passing through the window. This work reproduces an act of the artist’s Uncle Saïd that always fascinated her, because of the limited access to water supply in Khourigba, Morocco, he usually placed a teapot under the gutter of his house to fill with water and then prepare his “special tea”. Shown before at the Dvir gallery, Tel Aviv and BPS22, Charleroi the installation is a reference to the “War over Water”, the battle between Israel and its Arab neighbours from 1964 to 1967 to control the Jordan and its source. October 17 – December 5, 2020