Imane Djamil, KOZ Collective

 

b. 1996, Casablanca, Morocco; lives in Casablanca

 

Imane Djamil is a Casablanca-based artist whose practice spans photography, storytelling, and creative-writing. In her work, which is located at the crossroads of fine-art and documentary photography, history engenders a metaphorical dialogue with personal anecdotes. 

 

Djamil has participated in several residencies including Escales liées by Igloù Paris at The French Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, Mujeres y el Mediterráneo in 2019 at the Casa Mediterraneo in Alicante, Spain in 2019, and the Summer’s Lab at le Cube-Independent Art Room in Rabat, Morocco in 2020. Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe and Morocco, most notably as part of Le Maroc Contemporain at Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France in 2014 and, En un instante, Marruecos at the Casa Arabe as part of PhotoESPAÑA’s official selection in 2018. In 2021, she was awarded the New Narratives in Environmental Photography prize by Fisheye magazine and La Gacilly photo festival for her work 80 Miles to Atlantis, and was among the EU's All-Around Culture 4 year programme grantees for her project "Cantará”.

 


 

KOZ COLLECTIVE

 

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.