Hicham Gardaf was born in 1989 in Tangier, Morocco, and is currently based in London.
Hicham Gardaf’s photographic works and installations investigate transformations of contemporary landscape in relation to time, space, and politics of place. His work often tackles issues related to the social spaces we live in, such as buildings, streets, cities; it raises questions about practices that we apply to these places by transforming, inhabiting, appropriating and controlling them.
Gardaf has exhibited his work extensively within curated group exhibitions and biennales among which: Unseen Photofair (Amsterdam 2021); Photo London, Somerset House (London, 2021); Les Rencontres d’Arles (Arles, 2021); Institut des Cultures d’Islam (Paris, 2021); No Man’s Art Gallery (Amsterdam, 2020); MACAAL (Marrakech, 2019); Concrete, Alserkal Avenue (Dubai, 2019); Paris Photo, Grand Palais (Paris, 2018); Guest Projects (London, 2018); Beit Beirut (Beirut, 2017); 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House (London, 2017); International Center of Photography (New York, 2017); La Galerie Jeune Création (Paris, 2017); La Friche La Belle de Mai (Marseille, 2017); Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris, 2016); Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris); Addisfotofest (Addis Abeba, 2014).
Gardaf has participated in residencies at La Friche la Belle de Mai (Marseille, 2019), Think Tanger (Tanger, 2016), Fondation des Treilles (Tourtour, 2015), Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, 2014).
His works can be found in collections of the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès, Fondation des Treilles, Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts.