Πέμπτη, 3 Οκτωβρίου 2013

Nostalgia for the present





Morocco Anti Atlas Ait Herbil agadir nId Aissa © Bart Deseyn

Morocco Anti Atlas Ait Herbil agadir nId Aissa








Morocco Anti Atlas Ait Herbil agadir nId Aissa view from above© Bart Deseyn

Morocco Anti Atlas Ait Herbil agadir nId Aissa 
view from above 








Morocco High Atlas Agoundis Tagharghist Berber village sheep ©Bart Deseyn

Morocco High Atlas Agoundis Tagharghist 
Berber village sheep









Morocco High Atlas Agoundis Tagharghist Berber village madrassa© Bart Deseyn

 Morocco High Atlas Agoundis Tagharghist 
Berber village madrassa









Morocco Dra valley ksar Tissergate house interior kitchen ©Bart Deseyn

Morocco Dra valley ksar Tissergate 
house interior kitchen









Morocco High Atlas Agoundis Tagharghist Berber girl carrying barley© Bart Deseyn

Morocco High Atlas Agoundis Tagharghist 
Berber girl carrying barley








Morocco High Atlas Agoundis Tagharghist Berber girl © BartDeseyn

Morocco High Atlas Agoundis Tagharghist 
Berber girl








Morocco High Atlas Agoundis Tagharghist Berber truck © BartDeseyn

Morocco High Atlas Agoundis Tagharghist 
Berber truck















Ourika Tal, Hoher Atlas, Marokko, ca. 1990, 170 x 120 cm

Ourika Tal, Hoher Atlas, Marokko, ca. 1990






NOSTALGIA FOR THE PRESENT

The Berbers and their habitat in southern Morocco

This photographic project focusses on the context and the social organization of Berber society in rural Morocco. The major source of inspiration for this work was the essay La maison Kabyle ou le monde renversé by the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. He focused on the relation between the house and its ideological and symbolic significance. My own experience in Morocco equally convinced me that social organization in Berber society at any given time or place has always been expressed through a collective creativity which shapes their habitat. Whether it concerns the tents of the semi-nomads of the Middle Atlas, a village in the High Atlas, or a ksar (fortified village) in the valley of the Drâa, the intimate relationship between the surroundings and the human settlement is always a testimony to the refined social organization of Berber society. It is these testimonies that I have documented in five rural Berber communities in Morocco...



I consider habitat as the primary statement of cultural identity, especially in rural communities such as the ones I am documenting. In this case the term ‘habitat’ should be interpreted in the broadest sense. I’m not only referring to houses and formal architecture, but also to functional and collective constructions such as irrigation canals, fields, terraces, pastures, shepherds’ shelters, olive presses, granaries, etc. 

In Berber communities building and living are integrated as collective activities. This conception implies an approach that assigns a preeminent role to the users, the inhabitants. What I’m trying to show is how habitat emerges in dialogue with the geographical constraints, how habitat fulfills the cultural and social needs of a people, and how Berbers manage the extreme natural elements to make space habitable.


                                                      
                                                   Bart Deseyn

























                                   Jbel Toubkal, The High Atlas