Btihal Remli is a Moroccan photographer. She was born in 1987 in Germany of Moroccan parents. She studied in Germany, Portugal, and graduated with a Master's degree from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria. Since then she has been working on photographic projects.
Her photography is inspired by questions about her identity – exploring spatial, social and religious aspects of her background.
Btihal has exhibited her work in Austria, Italy, Hungary, and Germany.
In the exhibition INSIDE, Btihal Remli refers to the unconscious which difines the function of spaces. The borders between secular and sacred space being blurred, and social caracteristics of the intimacy redraw with an anthropological approach.
The artist travels through these spaces as a search for an identity in course. It is a fleeting journey that makes sense. Questions about the presence of religion in public spaces fades public space is both secular and sacred, permanent and ephemeral, belonging to all and can be redefined as many times as there are individuals.
The absence of a human figure in several photographs does not prevent the spectator finding the spiritual aspect created through the different rituals. On the contrary, objects left by humans having equal meanings.
It transcends time marked by moments that are both usual and repetitive, yet each time is equally important.
Humanity taking her place on the predefined social functions is able to use, adapt and transform it. Spiritual rituals manifest themselves physically. The immaterial becoming material.
Then, the viewer is both included in this sacred and intimate space but also the place of the voyeur ; the relationship between interior and exterior spaces is also reflected in the eye of the viewer who instead of being in the profane outer space, finds himself propelled into the intimacy.