Leila Alaoui’s Moroccans are somewhat surprising: like totems that rise up from nowhere, they stand before you and look you straight in the eye. The element of surprise is quite understandable as you are unlikely to see characters like these among the tourists at Jemaa el-Fna in Marrakech. They come from the Middle or High Atlas, from the Rif in the north or Khamlia in the south.
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