These photographs are the product of several voyages to this part of the world where the West and the East meet at their best: the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa. Separated by the ocean and the sea, with the strait that may be only about 12 km across at its narrowest point, there stand Spain and Morocco, representatives of two different civilizations, the Western and the Eastern world, respectively - but the countries that shared the same portion of history and culture for many centuries.

 

I agree with Tahir Shah, author of In Arabian Nights: 'I see the West through one eye and the East through the other, and I understand how they both feel, but I don't know how to tell one about the other'.

 

I have tried to compare and contrast some fragments I have personally chosen for this occasion by putting two photographs into diptychs that form 'stories' in their own right. The idea was to capture the real feelings and smells of these places, the way I experienced them in situ, and to show this part of the world in its ordinary holiness. Each diptych contains one image from Spain and one from Morocco, and each of them stands for their own primary tradition, their own identity. However, despite the obvious differences conveyed by the images selected and their symbolic value, they may eventually come to seem as if they could all be from one country - a world that shares many similar feelings and smells. These photographs are not only about the destinations they represent, or a series of possible historical issues that may be disclosed; they are also about a new way of seeing things - a new form of coexistence.

 

Katarina Radovic