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« On the footsteps of Leila Alaoui »: Tribute exhibition in Casablanca

Written by FDM

After the itinerant tribute held in Rabat in June,  « On the footsteps of Leila Alaoui » exhibition makes a stop from 5 to 20 October at the gallery of the esplanade of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

Twenty four works by Leila Alaoui, the photographer who died in a terrorist attack in Ouagadougou in January 2016, will be hung from 5 to 20 October at the esplanade gallery of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. The works are part of the traveling exhibition « In the footsteps of Leila Alaoui », which was set up by the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) in partnership with the Leila Alaoui Foundation.

This exhibition is in fact, fragments of Leila Alaoui’s two exhibitions, namely The Moroccans and No Pasara. The « Moroccans » is a series of life-size portraits made in a mobile studio during a  » road trip through rural Morocco « . « I embarked on a road trip in rural Morocco to photograph women and men belonging to different ethnic groups, Berbers and Arabs « she said.

The No Pasara exhibition, for its part, portrays young Moroccans who dream of a better future on the other side of the Mediterranean. « The images are a testimony to their realities and illusions, because if the possibility of crossing the borders remains uncertain, many end up burning their identity, their past and often their lives, » said the late artist.

On the sidelines of this exhibition, writing workshops will be organized for the benefit of the « Traditional Arts Academy », a training institution for senior executives and researchers in the field of traditional arts under the Hassan II Mosque Foundation of Casablanca.