Postcards from Morocco, a photography exhibition to celebrate Moroccan Amsterdamers

Moroccan-Dutch Zeinab El Bouni, Postcards from Morocco, 2019. / Ph. Ahmet Polat
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The portraits of Moroccan Amsterdamers will be exhibited in one of the Dutch capital’s busiest squares, Mercatorplein. The project, expected to open on Thursday, is launched by Dutch-Turkish photographer Ahmet Polat and the Foam Photography Museum in Amsterdam.

Polat photographed Moroccans living in the Netherlands in an attempt to tell their stories and the ones of the people «who stayed behind, in Morocco», organizers have said.

Entitled «Postcards from Morocco», the project marks «50 years since the Netherlands and Morocco signed a recruitment treaty, which made Moroccan labor migration to the Netherlands officially possible».

«Ahmet Polat initiated the Postcard from Morocco project to highlight the major impact of the treaty on the societies and cultures of both countries», Foam said in a communiqué that announces the opening of the exhibition.

For the record, Ahmet Polat’s exhibition on Moroccan Amsterdamers was both produced in the Netheralnds and Morocco. The project is done in collaboration with Shelley Lashley and Studio Polat.

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