Zahrin Kahlo rejects prescribed ideas of femininity in her images

Moroccan photographer Zahrin Kahlo takes an introspective look at her cultural identity and femininity through her work.

Zahrin Kahlo is a Moroccan-born photographer who lives and works between Marrakesh and Milan. Grounded in her Hispanic and Berber heritage, the photographer’s images are often self-reflexive portraitures that explore her double identity as a woman of two cultures, and in her own words, expose the “intimate sphere of a woman”. 

An important subject of Kahlo’s photography is her Arabic identity. One of her most popular series, Chronique d’une jeune Arabe (Chronicle of a young Arab), challenges Western notions of the subordinate Arab woman. Intimate close-up shots present Kahlo as a woman strong in her sense of self and sensuality.

Kahlo’s body of work reads like a personal memoir of female autonomy, body image and cultural identity. The images reject prescribed ideas of femininity by projecting the boundless facets of Kahlo’s being, from her memories to her fantasies.

Kahlo has a degree in Foreign Literature at Ca’Foscari University of Venice and is currently studying art studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, with a focus on photography. She most recently exhibited her work at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London.