Fez - The captivating and colorful sights of traditional Moroccan fantasia, also known as “tbourida,” a type of synchronized horseback riding, will be on display in a photography exhibition opening this Friday, May 6 at the ALIF Riad in Fez.
Fez – The captivating and colorful sights of traditional Moroccan fantasia, also known as “tbourida,” a type of synchronized horseback riding, will be on display in a photography exhibition opening this Friday, May 6 at the ALIF Riad in Fez.
The vibrant images of female fantasia participants, dressed in traditional Moroccan garb and clasping show rifles, depict the energy and atmosphere one can expect when attending one of these traditional Moroccan events.
The exhibition, “Gunpowder Girls,” will feature the works of American photographer and U.S. Fulbright researcher, Gwyneth Talley, who wanted to capture the impressive yet elegant showmanship of female horse riders who take part in “tbourida” or gunpowder games.
“If you can feel the sun, smell the gunpowder, and feel the rush of the horses’ charge, I have done my job as a photographer. My mission with ‘Gunpowder Girls’ was to capture the effort and time that the women put into participating in the gunpowder games,” Talley said.
Talley’s exhibition will feature photographs of female competitors in various gunpowder games across Morocco and give viewers a glimpse inside the splendor behind these performances. “The beauty and difficulty of the games is the synchronization–the charge of all the horses together and the simultaneous firing of the rifles.
After the discharge of the gunpowder, the riders rein in their horses together, and dramatically stop at the finish line- inches away from the spectators in front of them,” Talley said.
The exhibition will debut on Friday, May 6 at 6pm at the ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha, Fes Medina and will continue daily from 4-6 p.m. through May 17. The event is free and open to the public.