In my work, Islamic calligraphy, Dutch painting from the Golden Age, biblical figures and surrealistic patterns exist side by side with gripping images of refugees and Moroccan youth.
It is a search for a balance between figuration and the influence of the Moroccan decorative abstract visual culture. I want to reconsider history by creating the images that change our look at the past.
In the Refugees series I show people who are fleeing. The point of departure is usually based on photos that I manage to turn into a kind of vision from a dream, stripped as it were from the straightjacket of the rigid image of the photo. With this I want to emphasize that the exodus, whether it is physical or cultural, is always also a mental exodus. An exodus that has the possibility of becoming a memory. It shows people in their sometimes daily struggle with reality.