19km north of the city of Agadir, Morocco, there is a multi-cultural village living off the richness of the Atlantic ocean and the mystic Atlas mountains. Taghazout is a small fisher city that was used by the Berber people, an ethnic community indigenous from North Africa, as a place to store their fisherman equipment. Nowadays, Taghazout hosts people from all over the world that arrive on the west coast of Morocco every year in search of a sweet escape from big cities and their daily routines. Here is where the photo documentary series city itself starts. The series focuses on the growing process, thanks to the ever-expanding tourist activities and the promises of new city projects (vision 2020) that will bring more wealth and 20 000 direct and indirect job positions for the region. As of now, the inhabitants and merchants of Taghazout are motivated about the new project. The local community of restaurants, surf shops, and hostels are hopeful this will bring new business to the 6000 residents in the area. But how will this affect the local business in 2020 when the project is finished? Will this bring more work or finally, will these locals be forced to join big corporations in order to make a living?
These small Moroccan cities have thus far seemed to evade the influence of western culture, as soon as you start paying attention to the details you can find objects that show the slow but steady change of western influence: an abandoned jet-ski, surfboards, Mercedez-Benz taxis and other different objects that can give you the sensation of a globalised world. It is possible to start feeling the infrastructure and sociological change in the city, but the soul and the energy still remains from the Berber ancestors. The question is for how long.
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