Marrakech’s Yves Saint Laurent Museum Pays Tribute to Leila Alaoui


Rabat – The Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech has announced it will exhibit the works of Moroccan photographer and videographer Leila Alaoui, who died during the 2016 terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The exposition of Leila’s series “Les Marocains” will be open September 30 to February 5, 2019. The exhibit, organized by the Majorelle Foundation and the Leila Alaoui Foundation, will be free to allow Marrakchis and other Moroccans to share and appreciate Alaoui’s photography. Some exclusive photos taken by the late artist will be shared for the first time.

“Les Marocains” is a series of life-size photographic portraits taken in a mobile studio that Alaoui transported around Morocco.

“Drawing on my own heritage, I have lived in various communities and used the filter of my native Moroccan position to reveal, in these portraits, the subjectivity of the people I photographed,” explained the artist in the presentation text of her project, which debuted in 2015.

Born in 1982 in Paris, Alaoui studied photography at the University of New York City. Her work explored identity building, cultural diversity, and migration in the Mediterranean.

Alaoui used photography and video art to express social realities through a visual language understood by all people. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 2009 and her photographs have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines.

A victim of the terrorist attacks of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on January 15, 2016, the young artist died suffering from multiple heart attacks.