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

Music is the weapon

During Christmas 1980, Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba performed at a concert in Lesotho that deeply challenged and disturbed South Africa’s apartheid regime. The record of that concert is being reissued.

Carceral colonialism

On the United Kingdom’s attempts to finance the construction of large-scale prison facilities in former colonies, to where it wants to deport undocumented migrants.

Fanon’s mission

The works of Frantz Fanon can be read as architectural renderings of rights, futures, and generations toward a “very different Afro-futurism.”

History time

The historical novel is in vogue across the continent, challenging how we conceive of the nation, and how we write its histories.