The Ocean That Has Been Calling Me is an audiovisual journey by Polish artist Maciek Stepniewski chronicling his travels to the Moroccan cities of Marrakech, Essaouira, and Sidi Kauoki in 2019. The exhibition aims to equip the audience with an environmental lens of the country and region, with special focus on Morocco’s natural beauty and diverse ecosystems in light of the growing climate crisis. Stepniewski aptly points to our anthropocentrist nature in his images by removing man as the central figure, giving way to the remarkable coast, culture, & history.
The images are accompanied by a special soundtrack created by Stepniewski, based on field recordings taken during his trip, developed specifically for the exhibition. The music embodies the artist’s hopeful sentiment for our planet inspired by the vastness of the Moroccan landscape.
The Ocean That Has Been Calling Me began as a prototype for a photography book composed of images collected by Stepniewski of his travels to Morocco, deriving from his developing interests in photography, music & passion for exploring world cultures.