curator: Enrico Stefanelli
in collaboration with Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam
Heat, Sand, wind under a fierce sun on the road from Laâyoune.
Kindness, hospitality and beauty remembered from one young girl face Maria Baba living in a tent with her Berber family deep in the Sahara.
In Scotland, where I was born, there is no water everywhere. It falls form mountains and rolling hills into endless valleys, forming thousands of lochs. Rain seems forever present, sometimes soft and warm, sometimes hard and cold. For a person brought up in this environment, Morocco came initially as a shock. At first every detail seemed different: the colors, the people, the religious practices, the architecture, and, of course, the weather.
Morocco is a vast, ancient country with a great history and a tremendous mix of peoples. One feels the cultural influences of French and Spanish, the Berber the original inhabitants, and the dominating force of the Arab. But even with all these influences, Morocco remains unique. These different cultures have been blended together to produce something that is only Moroccan. The people are the magic of these country. From Casablanca and Tangier in the north to Laâyoune in the south, I was welcomed with graciousness, affection anche many mint teas!
It is impossible to capture even a fraction of what this great country has to offer in a single book, so what I have made is really a sketch, done over a period of thirty nine days, I hope that I have given at least a flavour of Marocco and that the reader will feel some texture of this beautiful land and its unique people.
(from a text by Albert Watson)