Marrakesh, November 2018.
When taking photographs in Marrakesh, I sense the reluctance of women who wish to avoid the gaze of men’s eyes.
However, other eyes in unshrouded faces of iconic beauty return my gaze without reservations and stare into the lens full of grace and dignity until the scene and camera settings are just right.
These faces belong to display mannequins in souqs and other shops.
Whether dressed in traditional attire or modern clothing, they create cultural identities that could hardly be more diverse in this country, but nonetheless express pride and grace.
It is this expression, embedded on their faces, that brings their artificiality to life.
“Avec plaisir!” is always the response of their masters, the shop owners, when I ask for permission to take photographs.
“With pleasure”, as if the figures were “only” mannequins …
The result was a series of photographs that deliberately allow room for interpretation with their shallow depth of field and, as a result, imbue the mannequins with almost human character.