This series was taken over the course of two years in Tangiers, Morocco. All the images are captured in the same street intersection and at the same time, between 4:00 and 4:30 am. just before or at dawn. All are seen from the same elevated point of view. They are a voyeur and outsider’s discrete observation of another culture and its locals’ daily habits and routines. Rendered anonymous and phantasmal, there is a crisp contrast between their beings and the obscurity of the pavement. They are moving singly or in pairs among the crepuscular light of dawn, and in what is left of the yellow glow of the night street lights. These women and men who temporarily inhabit this geometry tend to inversely frame it, animating it, like figures on a stark, unadorned board game, ultimately evoking the hooded actors of Samuel Beckett’s Quad.
Time has a way
No sure Steps.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Melancholic Composite of Venezia roof top.
Overlapping & fragmented view of Bull head at the National Gallery of Art.
Composite view, Meat Market Area with The Standard and the Whitney.
Condensation of Time. Calder.
Fragmented and Overlapping view of E. Neto Sculpture at Hishhorn.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Human traces in Landscapes
These images focus on how humans affect landscapes, from man made lakes, to roads and soccer fields carved in mountains. In each image, the eye can find traces of humanity that echoes Pablo Neruda's poem “Towards An Impure Poetry”
Tales of Beauty
Tales of Beauty, a series of photographs, in collaboration with Yasmina Alaoui, explores how physical beauty is a malleable and unstable concept, a highly mediated experience.
Ode to Egon
The Thousand And One Dreams is a collection of large-scale images that combine photography and calligraphy. Created in collaboration with artist and partner Yasmina Alaoui, this body of work approaches the female body as canvas decorated with motifs that evoke middle-eastern traditions of henna tattoo and body decoration.
Shot over a period of seven years, these composites are an assembly of many moments of one session, condensed together into one image. Instead of choosing one image, the entire session is represented. As a result, our perception and cognition becomes a pure sensorial experience.
Biennale Marrakech 2012.
Each piece's emerges from a mosaic of 119 individual Polaroids arrayed as tiles. Shot one at a time.
This series is inspired by the artist’s memories of families of Santiago who gathered at dusk to bang their empty pots and pans in loud protest of government policies in his native Chile. Cacerolazo is a personal examination of the strength and integrity of society and of their power to effect transformation.
This project was commissioned for the 2012 Marrakech Biennale.
Clara Cullen, Marrakesh.
Serge Luten, Marrakesh Palmeraie BledRoknine
Christine Alaoui Fez, Morocco
Stephen Kelemen Orient Point
Misha Nonno & Alexander Gilkes
Peter Coyote Buddhist Actor Venice Italy
Astrid Muñoz Miami Beach Lord Balfour
Michael Pitt, Tulum
Sara Lamm, Tulum 1997
Leila Alaoui Morocco
Lluis Lleo Artist
20 Sunrises, Tulum.
Triptych, Orient Point.
Triptych, Sian Kaan.
Volumes and Lines
This series is shot in an irrigation pool in North Africa. The cisterns built to hold the water are sacred vessels, stolid utilitarian temples that mirror in their simple geometry the bare essential nature of the liquid they contain. It’s a place of contemplation, a place for whiling away the minutes observing the waters undulate along a stark concrete wall. The malleable element is eternally aiming to restore a balance, to calm the ripples that upset it’s smooth surface, to flow, to dodge every obstacle in its longing to rejoin the nearest ocean. And so do our thoughts ebb and flow, for a few enlightened instants.