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Modern Moroccan Photography

Tuesday 17 May 2022
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Leiden University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
Vossius Room


15:00 hrs: Doors open, coffee and tea

15:15 hrs: Word of welcome

15:20-16:00 hrs: Lecture by Fatima Zohra Serri

16:00-16:15 hrs: Presentation of the photo collection of the University Library by Maartje van den Heuvel

16:15-16:45 hrs: Conversation with Fatima Zohra Serri and Ismail Zaïdi, audience questions (moderated by Maartje van den Heuvel)


I am Fatimazohra Serri, 27 years old, born and raised in Morocco. 
I started photography in the summer of 2016, I use it to highlight some of the issues that concern women in our Moroccan society and the conservative side of it in particular, since I am a part of it and grew up in a conservative community, where women aren't allowed to do as they desire.
I started with self-portraits on the roof of our house, with the help of my sister sometimes.
It’s a bit challenging to shoot freely in public, as my work is often deemed controversial and goes against the beliefs of the people in my city and the culture of my country in general, so my work is almost shot exclusively on the roofs of my own house.

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