The exhibition “A good distance (s)”, a selection of more than 200 images captured by AFP photographers to tell the effects of a pandemic that has changed the history of the world, was presented during a press conference held Tuesday at the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMVI) in Rabat.
Presented by Agence France-Presse (AFP) in collaboration with the French Institute of Morocco and the National Museum Foundation of Morocco (FNM), this exhibition will be held from March 29 to June 30, 2021 and will be deployed at several sites in Rabat.
For the president of the FNM, Mehdi Qotbi, this exhibition is only the beginning of the festival of photography, celebrated by the Foundation.
Qotbi said to himself “Happy with this cooperation which does not date from today with the French Institute, while thanking AFP for bringing these photos together and giving the Moroccan public the first to see this perception of photographers and for giving us a glimmer of hope, because despite the complicated and difficult period, according to the photos, there are smiles that are emerging, hope that looms and we will certainly have good times to live ”.
Same story with the Director General of the French Institute of Morocco, Clélia Chevrier Kolačko, said she was “delighted” to present a unique exhibition that highlights the artistic talent of AFP photographers, “An unknown facet of their work”, and which responds to the strategy of the French Institute of investing in public places and reaching out to the public.
“This exhibition will tour throughout the Kingdom through the branches of the French Institute during the year, in different forms depending on the places chosen to present it”, she explained to MAP.
“This great + Hors-les-Murs + meeting, launched during the month of La Francophonie so that + culture is available to all audiences, in the streets of Rabat +, has the idea of being presented to a maximum of people so that they can contemplate them, reflect on this pandemic which affects us all and which we can also see as an opening to other perspectives ”, she added.
For her part, the director of the AFP office in Rabat, Sophie Pons, said that the exhibition presents images taken by 450 photographers of the agency who have worked for a year in 150 countries to achieve a vision of the pandemic by working on the ground under difficult circumstances when everyone was confined.
A projection of some photographs of the exhibition was presented at the end of the press conference.