Destiny is a photographic project that focuses on the sociology of work. Are we free to choose what we want to do later as a job? Or, are we under social and economic pressure to pursue jobs that are not necessarily what we want? Through a protocol consisting of photographing the same person twice in two different contexts: the environment of the actual work and the staging of the job that the person wanted to do when he or she was younger, M’hammed seeks to examine the concept of social determinism in Morocco.
“The idea of this project comes from a personal experience that dates back to the high school period. As children, we often played football in the neighbourhood where I grew up. Arriving at the college level, some went to the French high school; others, like me, [went to] the public one. However, the story of a close friend affected me a lot. His father was the janitor of the building next door. He came to see him one day to explain to him that he could no longer provide for the family by himself. He then asked him to leave school and start working as a butcher’s apprentice for a local butcher he had already spoken to. Something that he did, and at the age of 14, his choice of professional career, and therefore of life, was already sealed by social and economic determinism, at such a young age.”
Rachid withdrew after the first picture, he wanted to be an Auxiliary Forces officer, but following his father's abandonment of his family, he was forced to start working to help his mother financially. He began to learn the trade of mechanic at 10 years of age.
Youssef: "My father was a farmer and when he had paralysis, I had to leave school and start helping him in the farm. In 1983, I became seriously mentally ill and lost my memory for few years, I started going to the sea with friends. Fishing and contemplating the sea made me feel better and I still do it today. Sooner or later, I'll buy a boat and will start fishing. "
Bouchra: "My relationship with clothing is a love story that has developed through the years: since childhood, I was too demanding to choose my clothes and I watched a lot of fashion magazines, Vogues and Burdas. The love of getting dressed has taken a lot of importance in my life until I decided to make it my job. "
Ahmed: "It's been four years since I'm a taxi driver. I did it all: worked in a cafe, a restaurant, a dairy and a grocery store. [...] I did not study, I left school very early, I was still a child, I do not remember when exactly. I watched the movies of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, I loved movies like that. So I did Taekwondo for a long time, after Kung Fu and Full Contact. I was looking forward to a career in martial arts. "
Abdellah: "I am a 'barcassier', I ensure the transport of people between the two banks of the Bouregreg, the crossing of the river which separates Rabat from Salé. Football requires to know powerful people and my family did not have much money. Afterwards, I got injured and could not make a career as a footballer. "
El Ghazi: " I have been working on Boulevard Mohammed V in Rabat as a photographer since 1972. I left school at grade 2 or grade 5 because my parents didn't have enough money so I could go to school. When I was younger, I wanted to become a civil servant"
Fatima Zohra: "I was attracted by scenography, because I like manual work, but also because I stammered a lot at the time. I did not pass the oral exams in elementary school, I did not read in class. However, I did not make scenography, because I realized after the two years of the core curriculum at ISADAC (Higher Institute of Dramatic Art and Cultural Animation) that when I was on stage, I did not stammer at all. I think because it's another story that I tell and not mine, and I liked being on stage, so I chose the performance and the stage and became a comedian. "
Fatima Zohra: "When I was 11, I wanted to become a surgeon and save my mother who was very sick, but my family could not afford to pay for school. One day, an association in Salé went to the poor neighborhoods to help children who could not afford to go to school and helped them to integrate school and circus. I was one of those children, I came to the school, and I liked it. After 2009, it became the National Circus School and I graduated. I am the first Moroccan woman to have a circus diploma in Morocco".
Abdellah: "I had no desire to work in education, but I was obliged to do it at the age of 20. It's a job that has suspended my academic career, more than a job I liked. [...] A circular by Azeddine El Iraki (former Minister of Education, later Prime Minister) served him to apply a policy that constrained students in education not to continue their higher studies. I followed a training in the regional pedagogic center, after it was forbidden for us to continue our studies at the faculty, the state policy at the time was in this direction and I was one of its victims. Otherwise, from a very young age, I was interested in books and I wanted to be a writer. "
Mamadou: "My name is Mohammed, I am of Guinean origin, I left home to do music and dance. Currently, I am in Morocco and I work as shoemaker. [...] I learned shoemaking in Morocco, I did not want to beg in the streets. I did not follow anny training, thanks to my intelligence and a little practice, I was able to learn on my own. "
Fransijn: "The professional equestrian world, we can not say that it saddens me, but there is a lot of money involved in it, financial stakes that change the contact we have with horses and the respect towards the animals, because it has become a financial asset. That's what made me change my mind about the equestrian world, but also because I saw that there were better people than me. It was not logical for me with academic parents to go work with horses. This certainly plays a role, because we always have the look of our parents who follows us when we try to find our own path in life. Even if it would have interested me to 70%, it did not stimulate me enough on the intellectual level. I did literature studies and today I am responsible for press and culture at the Dutch Embassy in Morocco »