Btihal Remli | Wermelskirchen, Germany

Short bio:
As a moroccan girl I was born in some suburbs in Germany. I decided to go out of these suburbs. I finished High school and started to study law, but I quickly realized that law is not about fairness. It is about who is right. I changed my subject and did the entrance exam for architecture. I got passionate about it and did a great Bachelor degree. In between I studied one semester in Lisbon. Then my professor sent me to the academy of fine arts in vienna. There everything changed for me…

Why do you photograph on film?
When I was a kid I never talked, but I always observed things. Film is special. It takes so much time for me to shoot with film. It makes me think about the frame that I choose. And finally it gives me time to observe. And then there is this moment of doubting what you don’t in digital photography. It is the moment after you did all the settings and your finger is on the button for taking the picture. It is the moment of absolute doubt. For me the basis for any kind of art.

What is your work about?
In this work I was focussing on rituals in the islamic world. Michel de Certeau writes that space is a practiced place. It means that rituals as they are a performance are creating a space. But it is a movement so that space is somehow invisible. At the same time they have sensible presence so that we are aware of them. But how to capture those spaces? Can I show them from the inside? I travelled to morocco to observe those spaces, even though my camera was forbidden in that culture. A clash.