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PhotoPhnomPenh 2011 –Malik Nejmi


Of Moroccan origins, the photographer explores the situation of immigrants who, by choice or necessity, have had to settle in a foreign country. An open-ended problematic of identity, which, while exploring in the manner of a self-portrait that ceaselessly questions itself, the work is characterized by an expansive opening outwards rather than a withdrawal into the self. In this way, he has photographed the Lao community in the town of Orléans, in a series of portraits in striking colors, young people celebrating Pimai. He then accompanied them (they were born in France) on their first visit to the country whose culture they knew only through their parents. He has subtly rendered their surprise, shared their daily lives, and the images they produced. There are not that different of the pictures he brought back from the Maghreb, the place where his roots belong. Beyond his interrogations of his own history, he approaches with true humanity the great themes of identity.

Born in 1973 in Orléans, France. Holds a baccalaureate degree in Audiovisual/Literature (A3). He then attended the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français in Paris. In 1996-1997, he becomes a photographer at the Fine Arts Museum of Orléans. Independent and self-taught as a photographer, his work consists of documentary research and contemporary socio-political subjects. His travels to Benin, Mali, Turkey, Mexico, and Morocco have forged his work and his research. He received the Académie des Beaux-Arts prize in 2007.

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