M’hammed Kilito
Born in Lvov, Ukraine, M’hammed Kilito grew up in Rabat and moved to Canada in 2001. He studied Political Science at the University of Ottawa and Photography at the Ottawa School of Art. He was project coordinator and researcher at the Social Planning Council of Ottawa in 2010, then head of the Photo and Video Department at the Montreal Advertising Agency Ressac (2013-2015). In 2015, he decided to devote himself exclusively to photography and moved back for this purpose to Morocco. M’hammed Kilito focuses on the small details of everyday life that can provide information on Morocco’s current state. The observation of everyday life, the encounters he makes and the stories he is told inspire him and open the field on socio-political issues such as socio-economic contrasts, migration, identity or social determinism. He has participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide and his photographs have been published by World Press Photo, The Washington Post, Off The Wall, El Pais, Jeune Afrique, Vu magazine, Diptyk, L’Express, Afrique Magazine, l’Économiste, Huffpost and Telquel.
Destiny is a photographic project that focuses on the sociology of work. Are we free to choose what we want to do later as a job? Or, are we under social and economic pressure to pursue jobs that are not necessarily what we want? Through a protocol consisting of photographing the same person twice in two different contexts: the environment of the actual work and the staging of the job that the person wanted to do when he or she was younger, M’hammed seeks to examine the concept of social determinism in Morocco. The idea of this project comes from a personal experience that dates back to the high school period. As children, we often played football in the neighbourhood where I grew up. Arriving at the college level, some went to the French high school; others, like me, [went to] the public one. However, the story of a close friend affected me a lot. His father was the janitor of the building next door. He came to see him one day to explain to him that he could no longer provide for the family by himself. He then asked him to leave school and start working as a butcher’s apprentice for a local butcher he had already spoken to. Something that he did, and at the age of 14, his choice of professional career, and therefore of life, was already sealed by social and economic determinism, at such a young age. It was important to me that the project incorporate different social categories so that it is representative of today’s Morocco. I also decided to include a refugee and an expatriate to show the contrasts in terms of inclusion and socio-economic integration that exists between people from Europe and those from sub-Saharan Africa who settle in Morocco.living, and that things happen at the borders of permissible logics.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.