Mectoub by Scarlett Coten, 2016
Scarlett Coten is an independent French female photographer. The Arab countries are at the heart of her photographic practice, which explores the themes of identity and intimacy.
After studying at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, France, Coten traveled to Egypt in 2000 to realize her first important series, Still alive, spending months through the Sinai desert with the Bedouins. Coten was awarded the Humanity Photo Award in 2004 in Beijing, China, and nominated at the NYPH Festival in 2009 for her book.
Since 2012, Scarlett Coten has been engaged in the ongoing project, Mectoub, photographing men in the Arab countries of the Mediterranean basin, travelling from North Africa to the Middle East. Mectoub challenges traditional notions of gender, concepts of masculinity and the men’s relationship to women.