b. 1988, Essouira, Morocco; lives in Tangier
Seif Kousmate is a self-taught photographer who has developed a visual vocabulary that stands between documentary photography and the poetry of fine art photography. After a career as a Project Manager in the civil engineering sector, he dedicated himself professionally to photography in 2016. Since then, he has been working on different visual projects in Africa including those focused on migration and youth. He has worked for three years on the immigration of sub-Saharans on the land border between Morocco and Europe, more specifically on Mount Gourougou where he spent several weeks in immersion.
Since 2020, Kousmate has been working on his project Waha, a multi-dimensional essay that captures the consequences of climate change and globalization on the oases ecosystem in Morocco. His work has been exhibited in Europe and Africa; it has also been published in international magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, Newsweek, The Guardian, El Pais among others.
Co-founded by M’hammed Kilito, Seif Kousmate, Imane Djamil and Yasmine Hatimi in 2020, KOZ is a collective of four Moroccan visual artists working on long term projects and sharing a passion for storytelling.
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.