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The artwork “Le Serouel” is an embroidered map of Morocco like a bloodstain on a traditional Moroccan bride’s underpants. It refers to the traditional Moroccan rite consisting of showing all wedding guests that the husband takes the virginity of the bride. The artwork provokes questions about the virginity of Morocco and its traditions.

At AMAJ we asked young girls who did not finish school (or never started) to embroider 12 images of the outlined drawings of all existing unbroken hymen. The discussion was first about their lives and after some days we explained, with reticence also from the translator, what they were embroidering. We read with difficulty some pages from the book “Au déla de tout pudeur” by Soumaya Naamane-Guessous.

With some women who were immigrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), we spoke about the subject of immigration, while they embroidered the map of the Mediterranean Sea, which has always been a link between the North and the South and is now a real wall, which dramatically separates the two entities.

The word « resistance » was stitched in Arabic on a transparent curtain. This resistance, created by women in the shadow and without voices, is in stark contrast to the cliché of violent resistance, but goes on and perseveres in everyday life, which is the construction of the future.

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