Zahrin Kahlo recent works were exhibited at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Born in Morocco, Khalo discovered her love for photography by posting self portraits and series of photographs about women online. Her portfolio is an intimate diary of femininity, body politics and iconography from around the world. Here name, “Khalo” serves as a representation to her Mexican heritage.

My work is based on the double identity of a woman who has decided to no longer be the symbol of a single culture.
The photography becomes an ideal way to represent the intimate sphere of a woman , with all her ghosts , her fantasies , her complexes and with images connected to the memories and the unconscious. A photography that wants to be vulnerable with the traces and signs of the time and all its imperfections.

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CHRONIQUES D’UNE JEUNE ARABE ©Zahrin Khalo
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CHRONIQUES D’UNE JEUNE ARABE ©Zahrin Khalo
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CHRONIQUES D’UNE JEUNE ARABE ©Zahrin Khalo

Je suis à la recherche de ma HURIJA , de ma liberté. Je suis arabe , mais également libre d’être une femme ? Le regard de l’Occident sur la femme arabe est parfois lié à des images de subordination : le foyer, l’ autorité patriarcale, le voile qui empêche une identité ou encore un corps qui est l’objet des désirs des autres. Je souhaite déterminer mon destin et pour y réussir, j’ ai besoin de rompre avec de vieux diktats et stéréotypes. CHRONIQUE D’UNE JEUNE ARABE est le désir de représenter une femme qui a le contrôle de son corps, qui suit les désirs et les plaisirs sans être soumise à des préjugés. Sa sensualité vit dans son intime. Tout dans son corps parle… Les plis du cou , les lèvres rouges, le regard… Rien d’elle cache la fierté de son être FEMME et ARABE. J’aime la vie et la nature intime de la sensualité. La photographie devient ainsi le récit de la perturbation qu’une femme arabe peut vivre aujourd’hui.
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I’m looking for my HURIJA , my freedom . I am an Arab , but also free to be a woman? The look of the West on Arab women is sometimes linked to subordinate images : the home, the patriarchal authority , the veil that prevents an identity or a body which is the object of the desires of others. I want to determine my destiny to succeed , I have need to break with old stereotypes and diktats . CHRONICLE OF A YOUNG ARAB is the desire to be a woman who has control of his body, following the desires and pleasures without being subject to prejudice. Sensuality lives in his intimate . Everything in his body speaks … The folds of the neck , red lips , the look … Nothing she hides the pride of his being and ARAB WOMEN . I love life and the intimate nature of sensuality. The photograph becomes the story of the disruption that an Arab woman can live today.

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S A C R A L I D A D ©Zahrin Khalo
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S A C R A L I D A D ©Zahrin Khalo
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S A C R A L I D A D ©Zahrin Khalo

The sacred is an element in the structure of consciousness. It is within us all. The intuitive awareness and unwavering belief in this other world inter-woven with our own, this other place, the “separate reality,” or whatever it has been called, has been the fuel for the fire of almost every artist who has left his or her mark on the earth

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S A C R A L I D A D ©Zahrin Khalo
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NEO ORIENTALISM ©Zahrin Khalo

I lack the power of speech. Photographs are the only way to free myself and tell my story.”

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NEO ORIENTALISM ©Zahrin Khalo