Seven Summits

The Seven Summits project was commissioned for the 4th edition of the Marrakech Biennale. In October 2011 I summited the seven mountains over 4000 meters in the Western High Atlas range. With the blessing of the local Berber community I cut a stone from each peak and transported them to Marrakech to be displayed in a temporary installation. At the culmination of the exhibition I repeated the trek, restoring the stones to their exact origins. The seven mountains summited were Toubkal (4167m), Timesguida (4091m), Ras (4087m), Afella (4032m), Toubkal West (4024m), Akioud (4016m), and Biguinoussene (4001m).

Integral to the success of this project was local Moroccan support including Hafid Lamrani (satchel maker), Houssein 'Tajin' Chajaa (Berber guide), Said Aafik (contractor), Youssef Latrach (student intern), Youssef Seltaoui (woodcarver), Abd Rahim Ouhassou (assistant), Tarik Bani (assistant), and Salima Hadimi (production assistant). Photography and video assistance by Lachlan Pettit and Hermione O'Hea.