LEILA ALAOUI a solo show in the name of forgiveness

Saturday, May 21, 2016
LEILA ALAOUI a solo show in the name of forgiveness

Leila Alaoui is a French-Moroccan photographer and video artist whose experiences across different cultural and geographic environments inform her critical and creative practice. In January 2016, during a photographic assignment on women’s rights in Burkina Faso commissioned by Amnesty International, Leila fell victim to the terrorist attacks of Ouagadougou.

LEILA ALAOUI a solo show in the name of forgiveness

Leila Alaoui is a French-Moroccan photographer and video artist whose experiences across different cultural and geographic environments inform her critical and creative practice. Born in Paris in 1982, she studied photography at the City University of New York before spending time between Morocco and Lebanon. Her work explores the construction of identity and cultural diversity, often through the prism of the migration stories that intersect the contemporary Mediterranean. Her images express social realities using a visual language that combines the narrative depth of documentary storytelling and the aesthetic sensibilities of fine art.

Her work has been exhibited internationally since 2009, including at the Institut du Monde Arabe, Art Dubai and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. Her photographs have been published in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Vogue and The Guardian. Leila’s humanitarian engagement involves photographic assignments with respected NGOs, including the Danish Refugee Council, Search for Common Ground and the UNHCR.

In January 2016, during a photographic assignment on women’s rights in Burkina Faso commissioned by Amnesty International, Leila fell victim to the terrorist attacks of Ouagadougou. 

She succumbed to her wounds on January 18th, 2016. The Leila Alaoui Foundation has been set-up to preserve her work, defend her values, and inspire artistic engagement for human dignity.

© Leila Alaoui, The Moroccans – Souk de Boumia, Moyen Atlas, 2011. Print on paper, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the Leila Alaoui Foundation

© Leila Alaoui, The Moroccans – Souk de Boumia, Moyen Atlas, 2011. Print on paper, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the Leila Alaoui Foundation

Installation view, courtesy Galleria Continua

Leila Alaoui's exhibition "Je te pardonne" made possible in collaboration with The Leila Alaoui Foundation will be held at Les moulins, Galleria Continua from 21/05/2016 till 25/09/2016.

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