Leila Alaoui

Leila Alaoui (10 July 1982 – 18 January 2016) was a French-Moroccan photographer and video artist.She worked as a commercial photographer for magazines and NGOs and completed assignments on refugees. Her work was exhibited widely and is held in the collection of Qatar Museum. Alaoui died from injuries suffered in a terrorist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Alaoui was born in Paris to a Moroccan father and a French mother, and grew up in Marrakesh, Morocco.During her childhood and adolescence, she was regularly exposed to tragic stories of migrants drowning at sea while undertaking hazardous journeys, which she interpreted as stories of social injustice.When Alaoui turned 18, she moved to New York City to study photography at the City University of New York.Alaoui felt that studying in the United States allowed her to become "even more exposed to questions of belonging and identity construction."She returned to Morocco in 2008.Wikipedia

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