C A R O L L E  B E N I T A H

Carolle Benitah’s sewn and beaded photographic images bridge the relationship between her past experiences as a fashion designer with her current photography practice. Benitah was born in Casablanca and graduated from the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Before her exploration into photography, she worked in the fashion industry for ten years. Her series of photographs function as a hyper-personalized diary, sharing her thoughts about her family history with every viewer who experiences her work. The beads and threads within the image engrave her memories into each photograph. While these images may seem merely a document of the past, the added information unravels a complex and mysterious narrative. The physical dimension she brings to the page captures the physicality of the moment that the image captures. Referring to herself as “an archaeologist,” she excavates photographs from her family albums and choses certain images that relate to memory and loss. With a needle and thread, Benitah inserts her own narrative into these snapshots of family history.

Her internationally acclaimed work resides in many public and private collections, such as the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Sunnhordland Museum, and the Centro Fotográfico Álvarez Bravo. Numerous publications, such as Leica World, Photos Nouvelles, Center for Photography Houston, and Lens Culture have published her work. Benitah is currently working on her series’ third and final installment, Adulte, which will be published in a photo book, with a planned release in 2015.


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