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Bart Deseyn


Assarag: Habitat and the Imazighen of Morocco

[Rachida Arbuz is still living with her family in Tagharghist but when she’s old enough she will most probably be sent to Marrakech to work as a domestic helper. Photo by Bart Deseyn.]

(If the photo slide show does not appear above, please click here.) [The photos and text presented here are the result of my work in five Amazigh (also known as Berber) communities or distinct architectural ensembles in the south of Morocco.] My work in Morocco began in May 2002 when I was invited by a former high school friend of Moroccan descent to photograph his father's native village, Timkatti. This place of mud and stone is located in the Ida Ou Tannane region about ...

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Bart Deseyn


Bart Deseyn was born in Ghent in 1969.  At age 19 he took up photography studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent, where he graduated in 1992.

As an emerging photographer he reported on post-communist Romania and Albania and documented the rehabilitation and restoration of the Ghent opera house. Later he contributed as a photographer and co-author to a number of publications by Belgian publishers. Amongst these projects are a cultural and historical portrait of the Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige, a comprehensive edition on Flemish chapels, and a book on 15 renowned Champagne houses. Following 40 years of Turkish immigration, in 2004 he made a series of portraits of the Turkish community of his hometown, Mol.

In 2002 he launched Assarag, his project on the Imazighen (also known as Berbers) and their habitat in rural Morocco. Fonds Mercator published the first part of this extensive photographic essay in 2006, Amazigh, Habitats et habitants berbères au sud du Maroc. A selection of 30 large format photographs was exhibited at the World Cultures Center Zuiderpershuis in Antwerp. The completion of the project is planned for 2014.

In 2006 he founded the Bonsai Publication Agency, which specializes in the creation of high quality publications for publishers, cultural institutions, governmental organizations and companies.