Amoudou series explores the vast landscapes of Morocco. Captured by Moroccan photographer Zakaria Wakrim.
Amoudou means ” Travel ” in Tachelhit, a Moroccan Berber dialect. Nonetheless, it has nothing to do with the occidental meaning of travelling around the globe as another form of entertainment, or simply sightseeing. Moving around stating what is genuine or authentic has shown to be pointless. Regarding the “third world” countries as an exotic Atrezzo or,even worse, as a spiritual reservoir for the typical occidental spiritual crisis does not help enlightnening one’s mind.
Amoudou be has more to do with the concept of a life-journey, moving around as a nomad, seeking for a place (or maybe a trail ) where one can find a certain purpose of being.
Nowadays, I understand that many of the places, I’ve been to in my country, were made out of human migration. I am myself a product of human migration. But this human movement is rather to be seen as a permanent transactional phenomenon rather than what we see in the news todays. That’s the kind of journey that genuinely contributes to both the humans flow and to the place itself. There is a pragmatic romanticism to it, since we’re all migrants, even in our own countries. This series explores this movement all across North Africa´s trails and roads. Human flow not regarded as a destiny, but as the road.
North Africa is definitely a territory in which many nations flow. Territory no longer seen as a container of a single nation, but rather a place where different people always mingled around.
Zakaria Wakrim, born in 1988, lives and works between Spain and Morocco. His early photoworks were quite experimental, willing to explore perceptual human boundaries using all sort of experimental means. After being catalogued as one of the “ Emerging Artists “ in his homeland, he started applying his experimental means to create a deep reflexion around the concepts of Change and Identity. The result consists in layers of visual stories that have a narrative and a conceptual side. His visual research is constant; he believes that the photographic language is organic.
His photo series are willing to occupy the narrative field, stories that give sense to local identity. The fast sense of change that is happening in North Africa blurs the frontiers between the old and the new. The intersection is hard to state as the old is easily forgotten and scavenged by the new. Documenting the sense of change, becomes a way to understand it better, in order to deal with identity as a starting point for culture.