The house that still lives within me…
« 2021 laureate of the HSBC Prize for Photography »

Both my parents passed away As a kid, I lived in a red house. The «red house» was my address; it was my mother’s much-loved house.
After being closed for 30 years, my sister and I had to go back there to clear it out as it was about to be sold. There is still some furniture in the house, three plum trees, four orange trees and my entire childhood.

I am walking in the garden, it is not as big as I remember...it is the day before the party, chicken and olive stew will probably be on the menu tomorrow...My mother is cooking “gazelle horns”, in the courtyard in front of the kitchen...it is summertime
and the huge living room window is wide open. I am getting closer, my father and my sister are both reading books. There are books everywhere, but t night, bedtime stories were not read to me, they were told, because a long time ago, the most
extraordinary things could still happen...

The party is tomorrow. I’ll have a ribbon in my braid, I won’t play

too much in the morning so as not to ruin my shoes but in the afternoon I’ll have forgotten that they are new... I’ll watch my mother do her hair in front of her mirror; maybe she’ll be wearing her pale blue caftan...
I don’t want this house to be sold; I would like to keep it as it was the evening before the party, in this never-ending summer, whelmed, asleep because it has always been my address


Born in Meknes in 1973, Aassmaa Akhannouch lives and works between Casablanca and Lot in the region of Occitany, France.
After graduating as an engineer in France and an MBA in the United States, she now works in marketing.In 2013 she attended the Photo Academy in Casablanca to perfect her
knowledge in digital photography. In 2016, she took a year off to dedicate herself photography.

From 2016 to 2018, she was assisted in her research by the artist photographer FLORE at the Atelier Photographique de L’Œil de l’Esprit in Paris.
Her work focuses on exploring memory.
Her work aims at bringing back personal, lyrical and timeless emotions while appealing to viewers’ memories In 2021, Aassmaa Akhannouch was awarded the HSBC Prize for Photography.