Tangier is a state of mind…

It perches on the top tip of Africa, its soul in the Maghreb, its eyes set on Europe, for centuries a cultural crossroads. Four photographers encounter differing facets of an ever-moving city, capturing moments in the Medina, the seaside forests, in stark new suburbs. They tell the story of a city steeped in the past, tossed by change, and reaching uncertainly for the future, but most of all of a city that somehow, in a way you can never quite define, gets a hold of you.

This travelling exhibition, a publication, and a public and educational programme come out of an idea conceived by the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra – a creative platform that draws on the rich musical heritage of Al-Andalus, intertwining it with modern strands. 


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Rodney Bolt

Karima Maruan

Hicham Gardaf

Robin Vermeulen

Guus Dubbelman

The publication

Hardcover, 114 pages, 23×23 cm
Edition of 500 copies

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The exhibition

The exhibition travels from Amsterdam to Tangier in 2021.

During the running time of the exhibition, there will be an extensive public programme with concerts, talks and education programmes.

We are looking forward to see you there…

See the full programme here


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This map reflects our findings in Tangier – curated by local Tanjawis, photographers and Mahal Art Space. Several photos of the project are also presented on their exact location.

In February 2021, visitors of the exhibition at Mahal Art Space (Tangier) and students of the École Nationale d’Architecture de Tetouan are invited to add their knowledge to the map.

The map will be updated regularly during the running time of the project.

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Mahal Art Space Mahal Art Space

Submissions by visitors of the exhibition at Mahal Art Space in Tangier (February 2021).

École Nationale d'Architecture École Nationale d'Architecture

Submissions by students of the École Nationale d’Architecture de Tetouan (February-March 2021)

Contemporary Tangier Contemporary Tangier

All the places that are vital for Tangier, primarily based on informal knowledge. It ranges from food to history and architecture.

Neighbourhoods Neighbourhoods

Tangier is a patchwork of different neighbourhoods, these are the most important ones.

Disappeared Tangier Disappeared Tangier

Places that have disappeared over the years, and were important to the city.

Photos Photos

A selection of photos from the project, which were taken by Guus Dubbelman, Hicham Gardaf, Karima Maruan and Robin Vermeulen between 2012 and 2020.



If you have a question about the exhibition or publication, feel free to send us an e-mail. We will get back to you within a day.


Concept Yassine Boussaid, Robin Vermeulen
PhotographyGuus Dubbelman, Hicham Gardaf, Karima Maruan, Robin Vermeulen
Author Rodney Bolt
Co-curator Nouha Ben Yebdri
Exhibition & publication design Boian
Website Timon van Dreumel
Acknowledgements The people of Tangier, Mahal Art Space, Meervaart, No Man’s Art Gallery, ROSE stories, Think Tanger, Hassan Bakkali, Youssef Ettoumi, Nouredine Khatir, Omar Metioui, Youssef Sanouni, Sara Tarraf, Anas Zerrad

Facets of Tangier is made possible by the generous support of