During the first year of my study, the textile department went on a excursion to Marrakesh. I was fascinated by many things on this trip – the culture, the colours, the people. While staying at a „Riad“ in the centre of Marrakesh, we always listened to the radio and they often played the song „Aicha“ by the singer Cheb Khaled. The song is in french and arabic and is about the desperate try of a man to persuade Aicha with different luxurious and romantic things. Nevertheless Aicha wishes for other things. She answers:
Keep your treasures / I’m worth more than all that / Baras are bars, even if made of gold / I want the same rights as you / And respect for each day / I don’t want anything but love
Her needs are not satisfied with material things, instead she demands the respect and the rights she deserves. The song stuck in my head although, at first I didn’t understand the text of the song. As I read a translation and understood the issues that are highlighted through this song, I was really surprised. I originally thought the song is a simple love song but the text was an inspiration and an interesting change of thoughts. It made me think about the struggle in fulfilling these rights and needs. Even in our modern times, it is still very hard for women as well as for men, in all cultural areas, to reach these goals. I stitched the contrasting texts of the protagonists in the song on pictures I took of an unknown man and a woman in Morocco. It is a symbolic representation of the struggles between them, concerning their needs and their communication.
The text therefore can be felt like braille as it is permanently „embossed“ on the images and is left unfinished as the struggle in conversations continues.