Galleria Continua
San Gimignano
Beijing
Les Moulins
Habana

French-Moroccan

Born in Paris, France, in 1982

Died in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso, 2016

Studied photography at CUNY, New York, USA

The artist, photographer and video artist Leila Alaoui was born in 1982, and studied photography at the City University of New York. Her work explores the building of identity, cultural diversity and migration in the Mediterranean area. She used photography and video to express various social realities through a visual language lying on the boundary between the documentary and the plastic arts. Since 2009 her works have been shown in various countries, amongst other places, at the Institut du Monde Arabe and at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, at the Konsthall of Malmoe in Sweden, in the national palace of the citadel of Cascais in Portugal, or at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montreal, Canada.

Alaoui’s humanitarian commitment also included various photographic missions for prominent NGOs, such as the Danish Refugee Council, Search for Common Ground and HCR. In January 2016, while working on an Amnesty International commission about women’s rights in Burkina Faso, Leila Alaoui was seriously wounded in the terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou. She did not recover, and died on 18 January 2016. The Fondation Leila Alaoui was set up to preserve her work, defend her values and inspire and support artists working to promote human dignity.

Solo Exhibitions

2017

MAROCAINES AU DEVANT DE LA SCÈNE, French Institute, Essaouira, Morocco

NO PASARA, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montreal, Canada

JE TE PARDONNE, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy

JE TE PARDONNE, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France

2016

JE TE PARDONNE, Galleria Continua, Boissy-le-Châtel, France

CROSSINGS, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden

COURAGE, Palácio da Cidadela, Cascais, Portugal

2015

LES MAROCAINS, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

2011

CASABLANCA FRENCH INSTITUTE, Villa Zevaco, Casablanca, Morocco

Group Exhibitions

2017

Continua Sphères ENSEMBLE, Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS, Paris, France

ART PARIS, Grand Palais, Paris, France

AFRIQUES CAPITALES, Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France

AFRIQUES CAPITALES, Gare Saint-Sauveur, Lille, France

L’AFRIQUE EN CAPITALE, Musée Mohammed VI, Rabat, Morocco

2016

FESTIVAL FIFDH, Geneva, Switzerland

DAK’ART 2016, Dakar, Senegal

MARRAKECH BIENNIAL, Morocco

JACQUES CHIRAC OU LE DIALOGUE DES CULTURES, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France

GRASSI INVITES #2, Leipzig, Germany

PHOTOMED 2016, Sanary-sur-Mer, France

RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES DE LA PHOTO, Fez, Morocco

PARIS PHOTO, Grand Palais, Paris, France

ESSENTIEL PAYSAGE, MACAAL, Marrakech, Morocco

2015

BRANDTS MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ART, Odense, Denmark

GHAYA GALLERY, Tunisia

LUXEMBOURG ART WEEK, Wild Project Gallery, Luxembourg

MUNTREF CENTRO DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEO, Buenos Aires, Argentina

GALLERY IFA, Stuttgart / Berlin, Germany

ANKARIA FOUNDATION, Reales Alcazares, Seville, Spain

EXPO MILANO 2015, Italy 

PHOTOMED FESTIVAL 2015, Hôtel des Arts de Toulon, France

1-54 CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART FAIR, Voice Gallery, New York, USA

THE MARRAKECH MUSEUM FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL ARTS, Morocco

PHOTOMED LIBAN 2015, Beirut, Lebanon

2014

Le Maroc Contemporain, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

NEW YORK PHOTO FESTIVAL, New York, USA

PHOTOMED FESTIVAL 2014, Sanary-sur-Mer, France 

SALON DE TANGER DES LIVRES ET DES ARTS, Tangier, Morocco

MARRAKECH BIENNIAL, Morocco

2013

STATION, The Danish Refugee Council & European Commission, Beirut

ART FACTUM GALLERY, Beirut

RIAD EL FENN, Marrakech

2012

AMSTERDAM PHOTOGRAPHY BIENNIAL (GRID), The Netherlands

THE EMPTY QUARTER GALLERY, Women on the Verge, Dubai

ESPACE D’ART CDG RABAT, Carte blanche à Mahi Bine Bine, Morocco

THE EMPTY QUARTER GALLERY, Women on the Verge, Dubai

MARRAKECH BIENNIAL, Morocco

2011

MARRAKECH ART FAIR, Images Affranchies, Morocco

COLLECTIVO LA LATINA, Madrid, Spain

ROYAL MANSOUR MARRAKECH, L’Atelier 21, Morocco

Selected Activities

2015

CAIRO VIDEO FESTIVAL, Egypte

VIDEO FOREVER, Paris, France

LES NUITS PHOTOGRAPHIQUES, Paris, France

2014

LES INSTANTS VIDEO, Marseille, France

VIDEO ART & EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL, Tribeca, New York

AIVA INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART FESTIVAL, Sweden

"NOW & AFTER" Video Art Festival / Honorary Jury Mention, Moscow, Russia