b. 1981, Lviv, Ukraine; lives Casablanca, Morocco
M’hammed Kilito is a documentary photographer based in Casablanca, Morocco. His work covers issues related to cultural identity, the sociology of work, and climate change, capturing narratives that investigate the relationship between groups or individuals and their environments. He is represented internationally by the VII Photo Agency and Gowen Contemporary Gallery in Geneva.
Among his many accolades, Kilito was selected by the British Journal of Photography among the 18 best emerging photographers from across the globe in 2020. He was awarded the 6x6 Global Talent by World Press Photo, recognized as a National Geographic Explorer, received The Photography Prize of the Fondation des Treilles and won the International Prize for Contemporary African Photography. He has been designated as north African regional coordinator for the 2022 World Press Photo Contest and elected to take part in the French national photographic commission. In 2020 Kilito also co-founded Moroccan visual art collective KOZ. Kilito’s work has been shown at venues including Tate Modern (London) and Photo Vogue Festival (Milan), and featured in publications such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The British Journal of Photography.
Co-founded by M’hammed Kilito and Seif Kousmate in 2020, KOZ is a collective of four Moroccan visual artists working on long term projects and sharing a passion for storytelling. The members of KOZ Collective include Imane Djamil, Yasmine Hatimi, M’Hammed Kilito, and Seif Kousmate.
Aware of the rise of a fast and sometimes incomplete global media landscape, the artists focus on hybrid and research-based work, interrelating their personal experiences with the diverse and complex world. They believe that artists are witnesses and storytellers and can contribute to bringing change through photography by grounding themselves in their environments and shedding light on undocumented and untold stories.
Koz, meaning 4 in Amazigh, is a pun that highlights the very essence of the members’ visual work, which, from documentary to fiction, stands for a deeply rooted and keen interest in making sense of current events.