History lives in books, artifacts - and minds. It eludes certainty and is constantly redefined through current context and individual experience. By evoking two millennia of Jewish history in Morocco and documenting the remnants of an epoch in which Judaism coexisted peacefully with Islam, Aaron Vincent Elkaim seeks to honor an important historical reality. Reviving memories of the period preceding the rise of Zionism, through images and interviews, Elkaim tells a story at odds with current perceptions of both Jews and Muslims. He was drawn to this subject through his family history: his father was born in the Jewish Quarter of Marrakech and immigrated to Canada with his family in the 1960s. By examining his own relatives' memories as well as those of the Arab custodians of Morocco's Jewish sites, he illuminates a history that serves as a beacon of hope while examining its preservation - in a very subjective way - in memory.
Born in Winnipeg in 1981, Aaron Vincent Elkaim is a Toronto-based photographer whose work focuses on documentary photography with a cultural investment. He believes that the greatest images are open ended; rather than providing answers, he urges us to ask questions. Elkaim has a degree in Cultural Anthropology and a diploma in Photojournalism. He is a founding member of the Boreal Collective.