Karim El Maktafi

Karim El Maktafi is an Italian-Moroccan photographer born in Desenzano del Garda in 1992.
In 2013 he graduated from the Italian Institute of Photography in Milan, In 2016 he obtained a one- year scholarship at Fabrica, Benetton’s communication research center in Treviso, during his residency Karim realized the project “Hayati”, winner of the PHMuseum 2017 Grant – New Generation Prize, finalist of the CAP Prize 2017 (Contemporary African Photography prize) and second prize at the Kassel Dummy Award 2018.
Between 2017 and 2018 he won a mentorship with the American photographer Maggie Steber (VII Agency), who followed him in the development of some projects. Also in 2018 he gets the Magnum Photos scholarship with Alex Majoli.
Karim works on long-term projects between Italy and Morocco and his photographic research explores the concept of identity and belonging through documentary and portraits photography.
His work has been exhibited at La Triennale Museum in Milan, Museum in Der Kulturbrauerei in Berlin, Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier, Macro Testaccio Museum in Rome and in other photography festivals in Europe, as well has been published, among others, on The Washington Post Magazine, National Geographic USA, International, Vice, GEO.

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    Hayati, “my life” in Arabic, is a visual diary created entirely on a smartphone, which reflects on the photographer’s identity as a which reflects on the photographer’s dual identity as an Italian and a second generation immigrant. As the son of Moroccan immigrants, Karim El Maktafi’s life exists between two seemingly incompatible realities. Embracing a single status is not easy; feeling like an odd cultural hybrid happens often. Yet, while trying to define this identity, one understands the advantage of “standing on a doorstep”. One can decide who to be or where to belong, or else create new ties, keeping everything learnt along the path: more languages, more cultural taboos and references, more prohibitions to withstand and explain. Hayati explores some of these realities, using the photographer’s own life, family and friends as a case study. The images have been realized between Italy and Morocco in 2016.

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    Hayati, “my life” in Arabic, is a visual diary created entirely on a smartphone, which reflects on the photographer’s identity as a which reflects on the photographer’s dual identity as an Italian and a second generation immigrant. As the son of Moroccan immigrants, Karim El Maktafi’s life exists between two seemingly incompatible realities. Embracing a single status is not easy; feeling like an odd cultural hybrid happens often. Yet, while trying to define this identity, one understands the advantage of “standing on a doorstep”. One can decide who to be or where to belong, or else create new ties, keeping everything learnt along the path: more languages, more cultural taboos and references, more prohibitions to withstand and explain. Hayati explores some of these realities, using the photographer’s own life, family and friends as a case study. The images have been realized between Italy and Morocco in 2016.

    Karim El Maktafi

    Hayati 6

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    Hayati, “my life” in Arabic, is a visual diary created entirely on a smartphone, which reflects on the photographer’s identity as a which reflects on the photographer’s dual identity as an Italian and a second generation immigrant. As the son of Moroccan immigrants, Karim El Maktafi’s life exists between two seemingly incompatible realities. Embracing a single status is not easy; feeling like an odd cultural hybrid happens often. Yet, while trying to define this identity, one understands the advantage of “standing on a doorstep”. One can decide who to be or where to belong, or else create new ties, keeping everything learnt along the path: more languages, more cultural taboos and references, more prohibitions to withstand and explain. Hayati explores some of these realities, using the photographer’s own life, family and friends as a case study. The images have been realized between Italy and Morocco in 2016.

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    Hayati 4

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    Hayati, “my life” in Arabic, is a visual diary created entirely on a smartphone, which reflects on the photographer’s identity as a which reflects on the photographer’s dual identity as an Italian and a second generation immigrant. As the son of Moroccan immigrants, Karim El Maktafi’s life exists between two seemingly incompatible realities. Embracing a single status is not easy; feeling like an odd cultural hybrid happens often. Yet, while trying to define this identity, one understands the advantage of “standing on a doorstep”. One can decide who to be or where to belong, or else create new ties, keeping everything learnt along the path: more languages, more cultural taboos and references, more prohibitions to withstand and explain. Hayati explores some of these realities, using the photographer’s own life, family and friends as a case study. The images have been realized between Italy and Morocco in 2016.

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    Hayati 2

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    Hayati, “my life” in Arabic, is a visual diary created entirely on a smartphone, which reflects on the photographer’s identity as a which reflects on the photographer’s dual identity as an Italian and a second generation immigrant. As the son of Moroccan immigrants, Karim El Maktafi’s life exists between two seemingly incompatible realities. Embracing a single status is not easy; feeling like an odd cultural hybrid happens often. Yet, while trying to define this identity, one understands the advantage of “standing on a doorstep”. One can decide who to be or where to belong, or else create new ties, keeping everything learnt along the path: more languages, more cultural taboos and references, more prohibitions to withstand and explain. Hayati explores some of these realities, using the photographer’s own life, family and friends as a case study. The images have been realized between Italy and Morocco in 2016.

    Karim El Maktafi

    Hayati 1

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    25x25cm - 120€
    40x40cm - 250€
    60x60cm - 350€

    Hayati, “my life” in Arabic, is a visual diary created entirely on a smartphone, which reflects on the photographer’s identity as a which reflects on the photographer’s dual identity as an Italian and a second generation immigrant. As the son of Moroccan immigrants, Karim El Maktafi’s life exists between two seemingly incompatible realities. Embracing a single status is not easy; feeling like an odd cultural hybrid happens often. Yet, while trying to define this identity, one understands the advantage of “standing on a doorstep”. One can decide who to be or where to belong, or else create new ties, keeping everything learnt along the path: more languages, more cultural taboos and references, more prohibitions to withstand and explain. Hayati explores some of these realities, using the photographer’s own life, family and friends as a case study. The images have been realized between Italy and Morocco in 2016.

    Karim El Maktafi

    Hayati 3

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