What does it mean to be an Arab man today? French photographer Scarlett Coten explores in a series of intimate, open portraits of young men.
Scarlett Coten Paris, France & Marrakech, Morocco
Paris, France & Marrakech, Morocco
East Wing (Doha/Dubai) UAEGalerie 127, Marrakech, Morocco
Scarlett Coten is an independent, French, female photographer. She lives and works between Paris and Marrakech.
After studying photography at the ENSP in Arles, she regularly publishes in national and international press.
In 2000, she traveled to Egypt to produce her first feature documentary, spending months in the Sinai desert with the Bedouins. The series was published by Actes Sud in 2009 in her first book "Still Alive", in a trilingual edition.
Since then, Scarlett has focused on long-term projects. Arab culture has so fascinated her that for over a decade it has been the main theme of her photography
Between 2009 and 2011, her involvement in these regions brought her focus on Morocco, a country in the midst of transformation. With "Maroc Evolution" she have chronicled, in a small seaside resort on holidays times, an intimate visual diary about the evolution of the new generation divided between powerful traditions and a desire for emancipation.
Her current project "Mectoub" focuses on men, particularly the young urban generation who since early 2011 have been calling widely for greater individual freedom. Since 2012, she have worked in Moroccan and Egyptian cities, where she intuitively select male strangers to ask to pose for portraits. In societies where only men have the freedom to look and openly observe, her challenge is to reverse these roles. The portraits are therefore collaborations between cultures that might broaden for both the idea of what it means to be an Arab man today.
In a parallel series of works, Scarlett explores the hazardous rendering that results from her use of various plastic cameras, interrogating the subtle links between illusion and appearance, memory and imagination.
Scarlett's work was featured in publications worldwide, included in collections and exhibited widely throughout France and internationally.
Her photographs have been awarded in Beijing, China, nominated in NYPH, and have received numerous Honorable Mentions.
Scarlett's work is represented by East Wing Gallery (Doha/Dubai) and Galerie 127 (Marrakech).