I visited Morocco last year seeking more of my continent. In the process, I came across women riding motorbikes in Marrakech. I took out my camera and started pushing buttons. I have decided to share some of those photographs with New Yorkers in the form of a quasi-photo exhibit. Below is an excerpt from the exposition:

In contrast to New York, where women are some of the biggest advocates of the “motorbike riders are the best organ donors” campaign, it was truly refreshing to see women being some of the biggest fans of motorbikes in Marrakech. The only other cities that come to mind that have similar culture close to what was being witnessed in Marrakech are Bamako and Ouagadougou in West Africa. Public policy and ease of transportation seemed to dictate the utilization of motorbikes by women in these cities also. However, even these cities cannot match the number, diversity and “normality” of the “Marrakech motorbike maidens”.

The Venue: Lenox Coffee, 60 West 129th Street, New York, NY 10027 (646 833 7839).

Dates: 18 July – 31 August, 2013

Further Reading

A private city

Eko Atlantic in Lagos, like Tatu City in Nairobi, Kenya; Hope City in Accra, Ghana; and Cité le Fleuve in Kinshasa, DRC, point to the rise of private cities. What does it mean for the rest of us?

What she wore

The exhibition, ‘Men Lebsa Neber,’ features a staggering collection of the clothes and stories of rape survivors across Ethiopia.