Arches, Morocco

by Lisa Kristine


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
SIGNATURE: Signed and numbered 11/25
MEDIUM: Photograph, archival print on photography paper

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This photograph by the contemporary photographer and humanitarian, Lisa Kristine, provides the viewer with a captivating window through which to view the inside of the yellow mausoleum in Meknes, Morocco. In this photograph, we see the guardian of the Mausoleum’s inner courtyard standing under one of the arches, which are satisfyingly repeated throughout the building. This image is a striking celebration of light, vibrant colour, and opulence.

Because of the lack of emphasis on external appearance in some Islamic architecture, a mosque or mausoleum might be hidden from view. This form of architecture has been called the ‘architecture of the veil.’ Enveloped by a plain facade, the structure’s innermost sanctum, the courtyard, is kept secret. The ‘introverted’ courtyard expresses humility and the need to exclude the outside environment while protecting what’s inside. Once inside, one is stunned by the intricate use of mosaic and richly painted decoration. The tiles are laid in a rich repertoire of traditional and sacred designs, both geometric and abstract and from moulded and deeply cut stone or plaster. This photograph welcomes the viewer in to this secret sanctum of joyful yellow.

In the 17th century, as a ruler and builder, Moulay Ismail made a significant contribution to the architecture of his dominion. He transformed Meknes from a small village into a capital and the fourth largest Imperial city of Morocco. Ismail is considered to be one of the greatest figures in Moroccan history and this sublime yellow mausoleum, built as his final resting place, is a splendid example of Moroccan architecture, and a celebration of the Ruler.


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A master storyteller, Lisa Kristine documents indigenous cultures in more than 100 countries, on six continents, instinctively identifying the universal human dignity in all of us. Awakening compassion and igniting action in a worldwide audience with

powerful, broad-sweeping images of courage and suffering, as well as intimate portrayals of human relationships. Lisa’s mission is to elevate the profile of significant social causes; especially that of slavery. Her work touches the viewer’s heart, and moves us to act. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who has endorsed Lisa’s work, said of her photographs that;

“…We see dignity despite the dire and desperate circumstances. Her work commands a respectful connection between the viewer and the subject, insisting we acknowledge

the plights of those in bondage, and allowing us to raise a hand to help.”


Lisa was the sole exhibitor at the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit, attended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other prominent Nobel Prize winners. Lisa has enabled facilitated change for many of the causes that she champions. Christie’s New York, in celebration with Kofi Annan, has auctioned her images to benefit the United Nations. Furthermore, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Queen Mother of Bhutan and Amnesty International, have all both endorsed her work.


In 2013, Lisa was the recipient for the Lucie Foundation’s 2013 Humanitarian Award that recognizes achievements of master photographers. Her photographs inspired the Make a Stand Lemonade movement, which has raised more than a million US dollars and has enlightened the awareness of over 100 million people towards the cause for eradication of modern day slavery. In December 2014 she was invited to the Vatican to join Pope Francis and 25 of the world’s faith leaders who signed the declaration to eradicate slavery by 2020.


Lisa has gained broad recognition for her collaboration with the NGO Free the Slaves. Her breath-taking body of slavery related photographic work; is brought together in ‘Slavery,’ published in 2010. Lisa has received global attention for shining a light on contemporary slavery across media platforms, including CNN and Reuters, speaking at TED events, museums, NGO’s, business conferences, colleges and universities.  Her countless accolades and achievements are testament to the beauty of the photographs she takes, as well as the power of her humanitarian work. She has published 5 books and has been the subject of 4 documentaries. Her work on Slavery has been featured in three films released in 2014. One of these films, SOLD the movie, made by Oscar Award winning team, Emma Thompson and Jeffrey Brown, includes a character inspired by Lisa and played by Gillian Anderson.


Lisa Kristine’s work not only brings taboo social atrocities to light, but also has a softer side. Images such as this view into a Moroccan mausoleum celebrates life, and the wonderful achievements of humanity. Other subjects include humans’ interaction with nature; many of Lisa’s pictures are a celebration of diversity, vibrancy and colour.



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