The title of the exhibition was inspired by the ongoing project of the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, whom bonds together, through different artistic interventions, the countries that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. On the other hand, Alaoui, confronted by the question, where are you from? used to respond, I am Mediterranean.
Leila Alaoui was born in Paris in 1982 and studied photography at the University of the City of New York. His work explores cultural diversity, construction of identity and migration in the Mediterranean area. Her works have been exhibited in France, the Institut du Monde Arabe and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, in the Portuguese National Palace of the Citadel of Cascais in Sweden, and in the Konsthall in Malmö. Leila Alaoui's humanitarian efforts also materialized in several missions of recognized Non-Governmental Organizations, such as the Danish Refugee Council, Search for Common Ground and HCR. During a mission in Burkina Faso for Amnesty International (a photography project for a women’s rights campaign called My Body My Right), Alaoui was a victim of the Ouagadougou terrorist attacks. The artist did not survive the reported injuries and died on January 18, 2016. The Leila Alaoui Foundation was created to preserve her work, defend her values and inspire and support the artistic commitment in favor of human dignity.