Carolle Bénitah was born 1965 in Casablanca (Morocco) and graduated from the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne (Paris). She worked for ten years as a fashion designer before turning to photography in 2001. Her work explores memory, family and the passage of time. Often pairing old family snapshots with handmade accents, such as embroidery, beading and ink drawings, Bénitah seeks to reinterpret her own history as daughter, wife, and mother. Carolle Bénitah lives and works in Marseilles, France.
«Jamais je ne t’oublierai» (I will never forget you) is a work on family recollection—of happy, sometimes imagined and also negative memories.
«I realized that there were very few images of my parents before their marriage. It is an image desert that can only be explained by the fact that my parents were born in the Morocco of the 1930s, a time without many modern conveniences. My grandmother kept the few existing photographs locked away, so as no to evoke the tragedy of the accidental loss of one of her sons. A blindspot for this life of pain. But the lack of pictures made me feel orphaned and without roots.