Rachel Somerstein

Mohamed Bourouissa

The debate surrounding the banning of the veil in France, Belgium, Germany, and other European countries has focused the conversation about observant Islam and North African immigrants squarely on women. In fact, as many writers have pointed out, the Muslim communities that advocate for the veil are most often male-dominated, particularly in Paris’s banlieues.

Algerian-born Mohamed Bourouissa’s staged photographs, set in the Parisian suburbs, spotlight these societies of men—always on the precipice of trouble.

The piece is the first in a series for Guernica about photography; read the rest of the post here.