This photography seems to beg the question: In what space and time is this taking place? Is this a Rembrandt? A Delacroix? Or is it a photograph?
While the bird’s eye view prompts this questioning of the form, to the sharp eye, this “arrêt sur image” reveals objects and actions conjugated in the present tense, superimposing past and current practices, with locals, nomads and tourists in transit.
Time is thus suspended in a multi-layered story of an immaterial quality. The place is “Jemaa el-Fna,” declared Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
In my visual anthropology practice, I draw from the in-between places where multiple realities emerge and overlay one another.
This research project was showcased by the American Anthropological Association on the occasion of the 2012 Photo Contest, in the category Process, as an example of anthropology at its finest. It also appeared on the cover of The Senses & Society, Volume 07, Issue 01, March 2012.