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M'hammed Kilito
b. 1981, Morocco

"Looking at and photographing my subjects, I feel like it is a part of me that I am photographing."

M'hammed Kilito (b. 1981, Russia) is an independent Moroccan photographer based in Rabat, Morocco. He is represented internationally by Emergeast, Loft Art Gallery and Native Agency. As a photographer and visual storyteller, he consistently focuses on capturing narratives that are embedded in understanding the relationship between his collaborators and their environments, by covering issues related to cultural identity, the sociology of work and the human condition.

In 2020, M'hammed was selected by the British Journal of Photography among the 18 best emerging photographers from across the globe to watch, was selected as a 6x6 Global Talent by World Press Photo, became a National Geographic Explorer, received The Photography Prize of the Fondation des Treilles and won CAP Prize, the Prize for The Contemporary African Photography.

He is an alumnus of the 2019 edition of the Eddie Adams Workshop where he earned a National Geographic Award. In 2018, M'hammed was part of the Arab Documentary Photography Program, a joint program by Magnum Foundation, AFAC and Prince Claus Fund during which he worked on his ongoing project Portrait of a generation questioning the realities of Moroccan youth. In 2016, he received a grant from the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Morocco and started photographing the series Destiny about the relation between work and social determinism which was exhibited at PhotoESPAÑA Festival (Madrid), the French Institute (Rabat), Addis Foto Festival (Addis Ababa), Revela'T Festival (Barcelona) and The Africa Institute (Sharjah).

His work has been shown at festivals and venues including Sharjah Art Foundation (Sharjah), Tate Modern (London), National Museum of Photography (Rabat), Beirut Image Festival (Beirut), Photo Vogue Festival (Milan), Helsinki Photo Festival (Helsinki) and Breda Photo Festival (Breda) amidst others. His photographs have been featured in magazines and newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The British Journal of Photography, Vogue Italia, L'Express, VICE Arabia and El Pais.

M'hammed holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from Ottawa University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Montreal.

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Permanent collection in multiple museums including Museum of Contemporary African Art, Rabat
Multiple prizes and grant winner including National Geographic Explorer Grant International media coverage including The Washington Post, World Press Photo and The Wall Street Journal

Series Statement




2010 - 2012 Master in Political Science, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
2007 - 2010 Bachelor in Political Science, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada
2001 - 2007 Bachelor in Software Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Solo Exhibitions

2022 Gowen Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland
2019 'Portrait of a Generation', Open Studio, Museum Of Contemporary African Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) Residency, Marrakech, Morocco
2019 'Cinema Camera', Amman Image Festival, MMAG Foundation, Amman, Jordan
2019 'On est ensemble', École Supérieure des Arts Visuels (ESAV), Marrakech , Morocco
2018 'Cinéma Caméra', l'Uzine, Casablanca , Morocco
2018 'On est ensemble', MAXXX Project Space, Sierre, France
2017 'Destiny', French Institute, Rabat, Morocco

Group Exhibitions

2022 'Among you', The CAP Prize exhibition, Zurich, Switzerland
2022 'Past Advances-Time, Life, and Longing, Cortona On The Move', AlUla, Saudi Arabia
2022 'Dreaming tomorrow', Emergeast Art Gallery, Online group exhibition
2021 'World Press Photo Exhibition 2020', Oldenburg, Germany
2021 'The Everyday Projects: New Stories and Horizons', Cairo Photo Week, Cairo, Egypt
2021 'Among you', Initial Labo Gallery, Paris, France
2021 '1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair', Christie's, Paris, France
2020 'Among you', Photo Vogue Festival, Milan, Italy
2020 'Among you', Photo London, London, UK
2020 'Among you', Tolerance(s), Serafejo, Athens, Greece
2020 'Destiny', Revela'T Festival, Barcelona, Spain
2020 'Among you', BredaPhoto Festival, Breda, Netherlands
2020 'Among you', Helsinki Photo Festival, Helsinki, Finland
2020 'Destiny', Addis Foto Fest: Nine Years Survey, The Africa Institute, Sharjah, UAE
2020 'United Artists', 1:54 OFF, Marrakech, Morocco
2020 'Sourtna', National Museum of Photography, Rabat, Morocco
2019 'Arab Street', Vol II, Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai, UAE
2019 'Among you', The Mbari House, Oasis Festival, Marrakech, Morocco
2019 'Among you', Beirut Image Festival, Beirut, Lebaon
2019 'Among you', Nouvelles écritures, La Fondation pour la Photographie, Tangier, Morocco
2019 Sidi Harazem, une oasis moderne, Espace Expression CDG, Rabat, Morocco
2019 'Among you', Vantage Point, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
2019 'Face à la mer', Mediterranean Photo Encounters, Tangier, Morocco
2019 'Destiny', International Photography Biennial of Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain
2019 'Cinema Camera', La Quinzaine de la photographie de Yaoundé, YaPhoto Festival, Yaoundé, Cameroon
2018 'Destiny', Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa
2018 'Territoires silencieux', Les Rencontres Internationales de la photo de Fes, Fes
2018 'En un instante', Marruecos, La Fundación de Tres Culturas del Mediterraneo, Sevilla, Spain
2018 'Stories from water edge', International Biennial of Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco
2018 'In a flash mood', Morocco, Mouassine Museum, Marrakech, Morocco
2018 'In a flash mood', Morocco, PhotoESPAÑA Festival, Casa Arabe, Madrid, Spain
2018 'Photos de mémoires, mémoires de photos', Les Rencontres de la photographie de Rabat, Espace CDG, Rabat, Morocco
2018 'Points de vue', Galerie Abla Ababou, Rabat, Morocco
2017 'Intimes - Errances', Art Company / Episodes 2, Casablanca, Morocco
2017 'Imitation', Youmein Festival, Technopark, Tangier, Morocco
2017 'Images passagères', Rétine argentique, Marseille, France
2017 'Open Studio', Printemps de l'Art Contemporain, La Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, France
2017 'Chronique d'un changement annoncé', Festival Rabat Résonances, Dar El-Mrini, Rabat, Morocco
2017 'Génération Flash', Fondation Alliances, Casablanca, Morocco
2017 'Les journées photographiques de Taza', Complexe culturel, Taza
2017 'PULP#4', Fotofilmic gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2016 'Les nuits photographiques', 5th edition, National Library, Rabat, Morocco
2016 'Terrain de jeu', Dabaphoto 2, Le 18, Marrakech, Morocco
2016 'Les nuits photographiques d’Essaouira', Essaouira, Morocco
2016 Off Print London, Tate Modern Museum, London, UK

Grants, Prizes, Residencies

2022 Jiser Residency, Fabra i Coats: Fábrica de Creación, Barcelona, Spain
2021 Fondation des Treilles, Tourtour, France
2020 CAP Prize Shortlisted
2020 Joop Swart Masterclass Nominee by World Press Photo
2020 National Geographic Society Explorer Grant
2020 Prix résidence de la Fondation des Treilles, Tourtour
2020 Air, Caravane Tighmert, Tighmert
2019 National Geographic Award - EAW
2019 Eddie Adams Workshop, New York
2019 Mobility grant, Prince Claus Fund, Amsterdam
2019 Air, Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech
2019 Special mention, In Frame x Photo Doc, Paris
2019 Special mention, Face à la mer, Tangier
2018 Arab Documentary Photography Program I Magnum Foundation/Prince Claus Fund/AFAC Grant
2018 Air, La Ruche Documentaire, Agadir International Documentary Festival, Agadir 2018 Air, SMArt programme, Sierre
2017 Air, Youmein Festival, Tangier
2017 Air, La Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille
2017 Air, Takafes, Fez 2016 Air, Caravane Tighmert, Tighmert
2016 Visual Art Project Grant, Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Morocco

Workshops and Presentations

2019 We are together, École Supérieure des Arts Visuels (ESAV), Marrakech
2018 Photography workshop, Équations nomades, Bamako
2018 Africa of the Africans, International Artists Gathering, Fez
2017 Visual Sociology in Morocco, School of Social Science, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane
2017 Presentation of the book Un si long chemin, Cinéma Renaissance, Rabat
2017 Immigration in Morocco: the challenges of integration, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Rabat
2017 À l'épreuve de nos désirs, French Institute, Rabat
2017 La ville autrement, Photomed, La Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille
2017 Art in time of crisis, International Artists Gathering, Fez
2017 Photography workshop, French Institute, Rabat

Permanent Collections

Museum of Contemporary African Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech
La Fondation pour la Photographie, Tangier
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Rabat Fondation Touria et Abdelaziz Tazi, Casablanca
Fotofilmic Collections, Vancouver
Fondation pour le développement durable des régions de montagne, Sion Musée Mohammed VI pour la civilisation de l'eau au Maroc, Marrakech
Palais Saadi Collection, Marrakech Private collections


The Wall Street Journal
World Press Photo
The Washington Post
Le Monde
El Pais
Something We Africans Got
Jeune Afrique
Contemporary And
L'oeil de la photographie
Off The Wall
Art Africa
Afrique Magazine
Vu Magazine
Huffington Post
La Vie