Slow Days in the Fortunate Isle

Imane Djamil

© Imane Djamil

curatorial support: Bettina Siegele

In her solo exhibition Slow Days in the Fortunate Isle at the Neue Galerie, Moroccan photographer and visual storyteller Imane Djamil tells the story of two places – Tarfaya and Fuerteventura – her favourite place and least favourite place. Less than 60 miles apart, the two places are emotionally inseparable, as to their often tragic migratory relationship. Yet, the exhibition does not talk about the complexity of international relations. It is an essay about how one feels in the middle of it. Slow Days in the Fortunate Isle is part of the annual programme The Resistance of Nothingness curated by Bettina Siegele.

Exhibition booklet

Imane Djamil (born 1996 in Casablanca, Morocco) is a self-taught, Moroccan-based visual storyteller who works on commissions and long-term projects.
Her stories have been published in the New York Times, Le Monde and Libération, among others. She co-founded the collective KOZ with photographers M’hammed Kilito, Yasmine Hatimi and Seif Kousmate in 2020, as well as Cantara, a cultural entrepreneurship programme in Tarfaya (MAR). Djamil’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at A Room of One’s Own, Neimënster, European Month of Photography, Luxembourg (LUX), and Ma aka Maaya ka ca y yere kono, Bamako Biennale, Bamako (MLI) in 2023; Who is Photography For, Landskrona Festival (SWE) and Nordwärts, La Gacilly-Baden Photo, Baden (AUT) in 2022, and Festival Traits d’Union, Théâtre El Duende, Ivry-sur-Seine (FR) in 2018.
She has received numerous prizes for her work: 2022 – Arab Documentary Photography Program-Magnum Foundation, AFAC, Prince Claus; On the Road Again (KOZ/220 collectives) Pro-Helvetia; 2021 – 300-year anniversary grant from the British Council Morocco; New Narratives in Environmental Photography Prize; All Around Culture – L’Art Rue European Union.