Morocco’s young and ambitious workforce is increasingly challenging gender expectations. Even with a gender wage gap of around 17%, Morocco’s leading women are well into their 40s, having spent decades laying the groundwork for young women to rise through the ranks in every sector.
British-Moroccan photographer Hassan Hajjaj has captured this spirit of independence and female strength through a unique photo series he calls ‘Kesh Angels. set out to make this known to the world with his photo series of a female biker gang in Marrakesh, ‘Kesh Angels.
‘Kesh Angels is a fictional female biker gang in Marrakesh, embodying a new wave of female empowerment, shown through striking images of young Moroccan women in modernized traditional garb.
Each image is framed by a pastiche of distinctly Moroccan commodities, from soda cans to car wax, that juxtaposes modern and retro-Arabian aesthetics.
His images challenge multiple stereotypes, from the leathered up look of traditional biker gangs to that of a woman’s role in Arab society.
“His confident, upbeat portraits of young women wearing veils and djellabah while posing on motorcycles subvert preconceived notions of Arab women,” A spokesperson for the Taymour Grahne Gallery, where the exhibition launched, said.
“His subjects are traditionally clad but defiantly modern, bearing bright smiles and the markers of youth, independence, celebration, and fun.”
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Hajjaj’s work is currently on display at Somerset House in London until January 2018.