Moroccan Moms

We were asked to come up with a concept for a photo/video
exhibition in the Melkweg Gallery. 

One day, photographer Marjolein Busstra took a picture with her phone
to defend herself from harassment by Moroccan boys. In the picture
the boy covers up his face because he does not want to be
recognized. Shocked by the stereotypical picture she made, Busstra
decides to do more research on these kind of stigmatized pictures
that the media often uses to illustrate their coverage of
Moroccan boys.
Together with Rebekka van Hartskamp Busstra decides to interview
Moroccan moms about raising their sons in the Netherlands. She
also makes a series of new portraits. 

In the exhibition the visitor first "meets" the boys with their
covered faces. They also seem to protect their mothers who are
right behind them. The large photos create an intimate space
to watch the interviews in. 
While the boys do not expose themselves, the moms step out of the
shadow telling their stories open-hearted.
The boys in the pictures are asked to wright down some lines
about the relationship with their mothers as well. Those texts are
printed large on the back of the pictures. 
One part of the gallery is dedicated to the communication between
Busstra and Hartskamp and the moms, showing how hard is was to
realize these interviews.

CLIENT: Legefles Producties
LOCATION: Melkweg Gallery Amsterdam
SCOPE: Concept, design, production

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