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Faces project: The anti-selfie proclamation of Badr Bouzoubaâ

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In a world dominated by images, selfies and people obsessed with taking the perfect « shot »  in the hopes of maximum « likes » and comments,  « Faces project », the exhibition by Badr Bouzoubaâ comes to denounce the over-representation of individuals.

Filters, effects … Anything that can « show the best of our physical and mental shape, « says the photographer. The project consists of a series of black and white portraits of people- known or unknown- without any addition or embellishment, a minimalist decor. Badr Bouzoubaâ will ignore all these new steps that have shaped the rule of a successful photograph.

« The advent of social networks pushes people to display, sometimes obsessively, on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, etc … in their best angle and profile, » says the photographer to HuffPost Morocco . Through his project, he tackles the selfie, this « industry of self » where we post photos that improve or deform the appearance, showcase our physique but tend to make us forget the true human nature.

Behind « Faces project », there is a whole sociological approach, a study of human behaviors, but in no way a moralistic discourse, Badr Bouzoubaâ pointed out. « I do not condemn people who take selfies, there is no judgment behind my approach, just a statement, » he says.

The idea came to him suddenly in the studio, while he was in experimenting with his friends. « I saw that when people pose in a neutral way, without wanting to go into the over-representation and to stage themselves to be beautiful and pleasant, something real emerges, very beautiful too. I decided to make a series of photos,  » read a statement relayed by Huffpost Morocco.

The exhibition is scheduled to open on Wednesday, January 17 at 7pm at Gallery 121 of the French Institute of Casablanca.  A photo studio will be available on site inviting the public to participate in the exhibition with their portrait.