M'Hammed Kilito is one of the 25 photographers shortlisted for the 2020 CAP Prize for Contemporary African Photography.
This project is a reflection on personal identity for Moroccan youth based on a selection of portraits of young people who take their destinies into their own hands.
These individuals have the courage to choose their own realities, often pushing the limits of society further. Whether it’s through their creative activities, their appearance, or their sexuality, they convey the image of a young Morocco—alert, changing, and claiming the right to be different and celebrating diversity.
These young people, whose minds embody the resistance of a palm tree—a tree adapted to the harshest Moroccan climate conditions —, defy the conservative and traditional norms of Moroccan society on a daily basis. They cultivate their private oasis despite the obstacles they encounter in a country that they feel is not progressing at the same pace as they are, and they are inspiring others along the way.