22 – Yasmine Hatimi: Based on a true story

I collected two testimonials for this project. The first is from a friend’s father, who used to spend his summer vacations in a little village named Dahomey, a few kilometres from Casablanca in Morocco.

 

He told me about his childhood home and its beautiful ocean view. Today, the rising sea levels are a threat to this house.

 

Not far from Dahomey is another village named Bouznika. While taking pictures of the ocean, I met a fisherman who told me about the seafood shortage, and about when times were better.

 

On this side of the village, the tide was dropping, leaving behind only waste.

 

Based on a true story is a portrait of a house full of memories, in danger.


Photo of Yasmine HatimiYasmine Hatimi (b. 1986 Casablanca) works as a photographer in Casablanca. In 2004, she left  Casablanca for Madrid to pursue degrees in cinematography and photography. After nine years  she returned to Morocco with the intention of rediscovering her country through her  photographic work.

An eternal dreamer, her work lies between melancholy and poetry, and seeks to transmit an  atmosphere inspired by her internal universe. Her latest work focuses on young Moroccan masculinity, which she approaches with a certain dreamlike romanticism.

Her work has been shown at festivals and venues including Photo España, Festival photo Saint  Germain, Alliance Française de SaPi, Musée Mohamed VI (Rabat). Her photoraphs have been featured in magazines and newspapers such as El Pais, Mille World,  Konbini, Nataal, Float photo Magazine and CNN Arabica .

Yasmine is part of the Koz Collective, a collective of four Moroccan visual artists working on  long term projects and sharing a passion for storytelling. Koz, meaning 4 in Amazigh, is an obvious pun that highlights the very essence of the members’ visual work, which, from documentary to fiction stand for a deeply rooted and keen urge of making sense of current events.