Meditate on the natural and cultural richness of Moroccan humanity, present in the latest exhibitions by photographer Ibrahim Benkirane, whose objective focuses on Moroccan olive trees.
This new exhibition is received by the German Goethe Institute at its headquarters in Rabat, as part of a series of exhibitions related to the environment and climate in the Mediterranean region, and is expected to continue in the capital until the beginning of July next year.
With documentary photography, this exhibition allows the contemplation of a tree that is nature and life that today is not living its best days in the world, and is also culture; The culture of caring for trees and nature from the period of care to the period of collection and era, and is also a culture of Moroccan life; Eat, medicinal and beautifying, either with olives or nectar; “Oil and olives” are an integral part of public life and imagination, or the “Moroccan experience”.
Lives of olive trees, which appear before the exhibition viewer, between the colors of youth and maturity and withering, show the unity of the experience of living beings, and warn of the proximity that must be preserved.
Between the branch of a tree on which the lens focuses one of its fruits, the neighboring trees in collective presence and the life traditions associated with this crop, this exhibition documents a special world, in the regions of Meknes, Marrakech and Beni Mellal . .
The viewer cannot help but remember the example of the two faces of the olive tree, or the relationship between man and nature in general: an unequal relationship between two living beings; A man whose giving is conditional, and a plant that does not forgive his children, or has no way of resisting the way of exploiting him.
The olive tree is also present in the exhibition as a sign of glory, grace and abundance of goodness. But this presence must not forget the possible return, which filters every time there are cracks of abandonment, exploitation and recognition of current complicities.
In another part of the exhibition, photographs of drip irrigation pipes, which can be imagined as superficial documentation, are a brilliant image of human creativity, giving hope in their relationship with nature, water and plants, although their premise is utilitarian, so the pipes appear as respirators that revive the land and the homeland.
A person does not miss the exhibition, a part of the trees that hides behind its branches, or a hand that carries its blessings, or even a dominant being that finds its tender with a stick that hits and does not stop, hurting it. , except when its branches are empty.
The olive nectar is brought to the exhibition, in the stages of its preparation, and then together with its permanent companions in this part of the world, to make tea and bread seasoned with olive oil.
Far from the burden of eternal moments, and their possible interpretations, the exhibition allows you to enjoy the greenery, the richness and the human life of a Moroccan.