Revela’t Festival

Destiny will be exhibited at Revela’t.
Revela’t is an international photographic festival that was born in Vilassar de Dalt, Barcelona, ​​in 2013 and is positioned as an international reference in contemporary analog photography.

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? 

Social determinism is the theory that holds that all human actions are determined by their prior states and that individuals have no willpower to change this determination. People in this system, therefore, have no free will and, if they believe they have it, they have only the appearance of it.

Based on this idea, I began a research project that focuses on the sociology of work in order to verify the veracity of social determinism in Morocco, through a visual sociology approach that uses images to illustrate this reality. The common thread was whether we are the actors of our own lives or whether we are under social pressure in deciding our career choices. For more info click here


BredaPhoto Festival

With his direct and classic portraits of Moroccan youth, the photographer tries to provide insight into the choices and dilemmas regarding their personal identity. He combines the portraits with scenes from daily life from Morocco into diptychs. In doing this he also visually places his subject in that country. These young people take matters into their own hands and stand behind the choices they have made, despite the often traditional and conservative society in which they live. Kilito sees them as a palm tree in the harsh Moroccan climate: despite everything, they proudly stand up regardless of the opposition from various sides. For more info about the festival click here


Vice Arabia

المصور المغربي محمد كيليطو يوثق تفاصيل الحجر المنزلي من خلال والديه

.كنت أقوم بالتصوير بشكل حصري بالألوان. لكن أزمة فيروس كورونا الحالية كما تبدو في خيالي، ألهمتني للتصوير بالأبيض والأسود. لقراءة المقال إضغط على الرابط 


As I am currently at home with my parents who are elderly and have a weak immune system, I am taking preventive measures by avoiding going out to diminish the chances of contamination, as they are very sensitive cases.

I usually don’t photograph my parents, they don’t let me do because they are a little shy, but at the moment they let me take pictures. Maybe they feel bad because I can’t photograph anymore for my ongoing projects and that my exhibitions and artist residencies have been cancelled or postponed. So, I started a Confinement diary documenting what we are going through by photographing my parents, their activities, the little park where they take their dog for walks and details of their home. To see more pictures, please click on the link


6x6 Talent Program by World Press Photo

6x6 Talent Program by World Press Photo 

Today I received the great news that I was selected for the 6x6 Talent Program by World Press Photo

“M’hammed Kilito is a Moroccan photographer with a stunning visual style, as well as a thirst for finding new ways of telling stories. He is very enthusiastic as well as inquisitive, with a desire to help change our industry by encouraging the work of photographers from developing countries.” - Olivier Laurent, France, Foreign Photo Editor, The Washington Post, and 6x6 nominator. 

M’hammed Kilito is an independent photographer based in Rabat, Morocco. As a documentary photographer, he addresses issues relating to cultural identity and the human condition. His work begins with a long period of meticulous academic research and field investigations on sociopolitical concepts. Kilito holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from Ottawa University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Montreal. He has worked in different parts of the world, with a focus on Morocco. For more info click on the following link.


Destiny at Sharjah’s Africa Institute

𝐀𝐢𝐝𝐚 𝐌𝐮𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐞𝐡’𝐬 𝐇𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝: 𝐀 𝐉𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐲 𝐄𝐱𝐡𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐡 𝐌. 𝐇𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐥-𝐇𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫.

𝐀𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐬 𝐅𝐨𝐭𝐨 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭: 𝐍𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐒𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐞𝐲 𝐄𝐱𝐡𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐀𝐢𝐝𝐚 𝐌𝐮𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐞𝐡 𝐚𝐭 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐣𝐚𝐡 𝐀𝐫𝐭 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦.

This exhibition is collaboration between The Africa InstituteSharjah Art Foundation and the Sharjah Museum Authority. It was originally set to open on March 23, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We would like to inform you that The Africa Institute have launched the virtual tour of the exhibition. You can view it here: http://theafricainstitute.org/aida-muluneh.php and the exhibition booklet is also available to download as a PDF from that page. The space looks great with all the photography, and we hope you enjoy it.


Cap Prize Shorlisted

Shortlisted for the 9th CAP Prize for Contemporary African Photography: M’hammed Kilito for Portrait of a Generation: Among you.⠀


See all portfolios at https://www.capprize.com/landing/shortlist2020 . The five winners will be announced in September at Photo Basel International Art Fair. The call to the 10th edition of the CAP Prize will open on 7 November 2020. Further details at http://www.capprize.com.


The Washington Post Feature

Cherishing human connections in the time of coronavirus

M’hammed Kilito — Marrakesh, Morocco

M’hammed Kilito, 39, was in Europe when the Moroccan government announced it would be closing the border. “I was lucky enough to make it on the last plane home,” he said. But that relief turned into loneliness. Afraid that he might have covid-19, M’hammed decided to quarantine himself for 14 days, away from his parents. “If I hadn’t been in Europe, I think I would have been with my family like the majority of Moroccans who have been reunited to live these moments of confinement together.”

During these 14 days alone, M’hammed photographed his life away from other people. “I started to abide to a boxing routine,” he said. “I took up the trumpet, which I hadn’t touched in five years. I also spent time reading.” Near the end of his confinement, the lack of a human connection started taking its toll. “I lost the will to do anything. I didn’t want to read. I didn’t want to listen to music. I didn’t want to cook,” he said. But there was always the light at the end of the tunnel of self-containment: to be reunited with his parents and his brother.

“After 14 days, I was able to join them, which did me a lot of good,” he said. “Finally, human contact.” Link to The Washington post article here



Les mille et un visages de la jeunesse marocaine photographiés

Les premières images de cette série nommée Among You montrent des jeunes gothiques, queer, aux cheveux colorés… Des looks affirmés qui contrastent fortement avec l’autre côté du diptyque rappelant le lien au pays avec un élément de paysage.

Diplômé en art et sciences politiques, M’hammed Kilito travaille depuis longtemps sur les questions de migration et d’identité. Son travail a été salué par la fondation Magnum, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture ou encore le Tate. Il entreprend ici une enquête introspective sur les forces vives de son pays… cliquez  ici pour continuer la lecture de l’article sur Kombini. 


2020 Joop Swart Masterclass nominees

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce the 196 nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass, from which the 12 participants will be selected. We would like to thank all our international nominators who helped highlight the nominees.

Of the 198 nominees, 50,5% identify as female, 49% as male and 0,5% as non-binary. In terms of global regions, 13% are from South America, 11% are from Oceania & Southeast Asia, 12% are from North & Central America, 23% are from Europe, 21% are from Asia and 20% are from Africa.


Le Monde

« Salima », une œuvre de M’hammed Kilito exposée au Musée national de la photographie, à Rabat, le 15 janvier 2020. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Photo : à Rabat, un regard audacieux sur la jeunesse marocaine
L’exposition inaugurale du Musée national de la photographie présente les œuvres de quinze artistes qui s’émancipent des clichés sur le royaume.

Le Monde : Sous les voûtes du fort Rottembourg, érigé à la fin du XIXe siècle sur la corniche de Rabat, les photos tranchent avec les expositions habituelles des musées nationaux. Dans l’entrée extérieure, les grands formats de M’hammed Kilito présentent des jeunes tatoués aux piercings voyants et même une jeune fille bras et ventre découverts. Lire l’article en cliquant ici




Caravane Tighmert

M’hammed Kilito has been selcted to take part in the 2020 edition of Caravan Tighmert. Caravan Tighmert is a laboratory for contemporary creation and it gives the possibility to carry out workshops with the inhabitants of the oasis (children, young people, adults … in order to better understand and integrate with the oasis society), to produce an artwork, with materials found on site, or to do research on topics related to desert culture. You should know it is not a question of making an exhibition but sharing thoughts, experiences, concerns… around the culture in such special places as it os the oasis of Tighmert and its surroundings. This year we will spend most of our time in tents, outside the oasis, to better understand nomadic lifestyles.


MACAAL Residency

After deliberation, the MACAAL is delighted to announce the next fellow of the Macaal Residence: M’hammed Kilito ! Based in Rabat, Kilito studied photography at the Ottawa School of Art and also holds a master degree in Political Science from the University of Ottawa. His work explores the silent transformation of Moroccan society. During his residency at MACAAL starting in September, the artist will develop his current project entitled ”Portrait of a generation” (2019), a documentary study on Moroccan youth.



YaPhoto Festival 2019

This 3rd edition is placed under the theme of Remanences and is dedicated to Bisi Silva (1962-2019), committed curator who has constantly carried photography in Africa to new horizons.

«Remanences» question the relevance of the image as a tool of investigation of the world’s mutations. This new edition marks a desire to look at current photographic practices and to renew the perception of the image. Remanence, literally, evokes the phenomenon by which a visual imprint remains, even after its disappearance, in our retina and in our memory. By extension, this concept can also be associated with places when the vestiges and stigmas of the past survive.

Remanences is part of a visual persistence based on a deep questioning of the history of images, related to the absence of visual history specic to Cameroon. Photography has this reminding power sometimes specular. Are our eyes not lost in mythologies?


4th Casablanca Biennale

4th Casablanca Biennale: Making Meaningful South-South Connections

Taking water as its starting point, the 4th Casablanca Biennale looks at how different cultures strongly connected to water can have similar projects of struggle as well as similar cultural geneses. Will Furtado writes about how some of the South-South connections present may set a precedent for future collaboration in the arts.

In the same venue, M’hammed Kilito shows a photography series set in El Jadida, where young men and boys jump from atop old forts into the ocean. These bright, summery, and dynamic images expose Morocco’s layered and dense history, as the forts are remnants of the Portuguese, inside the old Jewish quarter. Continue the article en Contemporary & by clicking here


ON EST ENSEMBLE

Pour se dire au revoir, les amis maliens de M’hammed Kilito utili-
sent la formule «On est ensemble». Quel meilleur titre pour une
exposition qui met en avant l’idée de partage et de rencontre pour
court-circuiter la peur de l’Autre, de l’étranger ? A travers les portraits de femmes et d’hommes marqués par des parcours et destins
divers, M’hammed Kilito nous emmène à la rencontre d’un Valais
multiculturel et de ce qui émerge lorsque la peur laisse la place à
la générosité, à l’entraide et à l’humanisme. 


Cinema Camera Exhibition

Cinéma Caméra - Une exposition photographique de M’hammed Kilito


Du 5 juin au 1er juillet 2018 @ L’Uzine Gallery


Cinéma Caméra, c’est l’histoire d’une rencontre, celle du photographe M’hammed Kilito avec le cinéma intime et profondément humaniste de Hakim Belabbes. C’est l’histoire d’un hommage et d’un pèlerinage sur les lieux d’un tournage. Et tout comme le réalisateur qui nous raconte des histoires, le photographe ici nous révèle celles d’habitants de Bejaâd, une petite ville de la région de Béni Mellal-Khénifra.En 2008, Hakim Belabbes tourne These hands (Ces mains-là) dans la ville qui l’a vu naître. Le film s’attache aux destins d’artisans de Bejaâd : le potier, le forgeron, les tisseuses, le projectionniste… pour «la mémoire de Bejaâd».


En 2018, These hands fête son 10ème anniversaire, M’hammed Kilito part alors sur les traces du film pour tenter de retrouver les personnages réels qui l’ont tant ému à l’écran. Il parcourt les rues de la petite ville, en saisit la poésie, la déshérence, des bribes d’architectures désertées, des détails réels qui frôlent l’abstraction. Il rencontre et photographie le troubadour, la tisseuse, le potier, le forgeron, le projectionniste, et immortalise le cinéma abandonné qui s’étiole et se desquame.Le résultat photographique de cette plongée exploratoire dans l’histoire d’un film, d’un lieu et de gens simples est empreint d’une grande poésie en même temps qu’il est un constat à la lisière du documentaire, comme l’est le film. Les images captent ce qui ne se voit pas, le temps qui passe, la fatalité, la singularité, l’amnésie, la destinée. Une approche réfléchie, patiente et profondément humaine, «dans la lignée de la sociologie visuelle» et dans les pas de Hakim Belabbes. Un regard respectueux, objectif et sensible qui s’inscrit avant tout dans le partage de la mémoire.


Florence Renault-Darsi
Directrice artistique


Addis Foto Fest 2018 Participation

Addis Foto Fest is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.The Addis Foto Fest has been recognized as one of the leading photography festivals in Africa and in the world.


Destinées, exposition solo

Vernissage le mercredi 1er novembre à 18h30 Galerie de l’Institut français de Rabat

Peut-on encore aujourd’hui parler de déterminisme social ? Faut-il attribuer un  rôle dominant à la socialisation dans le choix des individus (Durkheim) ou aux manières de penser et d’agir intériorisées par les individus (Bourdieu) ? Comment ce déterminisme affecte-il le choix de carrière que nous faisons ? L’être humain serait-il passif ou bien dispose-t-il d’une capacité d’action face à son héritage ? Qu’en est-il aujourd’hui de manière concrète au Maroc ? La série Destinées se propose de poser cette question à travers un projet photographique documentaire retraçant différents parcours de vie dans deux contextes différents : le cadre de travail actuel d’une personne et la mise en scène de l’emploi qu’elle rêvait d’occuper étant plus jeune.

M’hammed Kilito a étudié la photographie à l’École d’Art d’Ottawa et obtenu, entre autres, une maîtrise en science politique. Après avoir travaillé dans une agence de publicité, il a décidé de se consacrer exclusivement à la photographie. Il a présenté plusieurs expositions entre 2007 et 2017 à Marseille, Londres, Montréal, Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, Essaouira…


El Pais

El Pais: Los sueños que se animan a contar los marroquíes

Hay una historia personal y un deseo familiar, unas expectativas y otras decisiones. El trabajo ‘Destinées’, del fotógrafo M’hammed Kilito, habla de la vida no elegida

¿Qué pasa cuando nos impiden cumplir nuestro sueño profesional? ¿En qué punto del aprendizaje de la frustración esta se torna amargura a secas, instalada? Cuando la mínima unidad de medida social es la familia, y no el individuo, ¿es posible un deseo individual? Y si hay que alimentar otras bocas, ¿queda algún espacio entre la tradición y la vocación propia?, son preguntas que surgen a poco de transitar las calles marroquíes, sus aulas, sus espacios creativos. Son, también, la materia de la que está hecho el recorrido fotográfico que el rabatí M’hammed Kilito ha imaginado para montar su exposición Destinées (destinos), con el apoyo de las autoridades culturales de su país y colgada, hasta el 25 de noviembre, en la galería del Instituto Francés de Rabat. para leer mas haz clic aqui



Youmein Festival

The third annual Youmein Creative Media Festival will take place in the
DABATEK space at the TechnoPark in Tangier from July 27-29. The theme of this year is  IMITATION. I’m presenting a work on counterfeiting products in Morocco.

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