Migrant Photographer Leila Alaoui Dies from Injuries

French-Moroccan photographer and video artist Leila Alaoui has died from injuries sustained during the jihadist attacks on the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 15th. She was in Burkina Faso on an assignment for Amnesty International.

Her pictures explored the construction of identity and cultural diversity, often through the prism of the migration stories that intersect the contemporary Mediterranean. They expressed social realities using a visual language that combined the narrative depth of documentary storytelling and the aesthetic sensibilities of fine art.

Alaoui was born in Paris in 1982 and studied photography at New York’s City University. Her work was published in newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and Vogue. It was also exhibited at the Institut du Monde Arabe, Art Dubai and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.

Her latest exhibit, Natreen, featuring her work with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, will be shown March 4th - 13th at Geneva’s Maison des arts du Grütli as part of the 2016 International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights.

You can see her No Pasara exhibit, documenting the migration aspirations of young Moroccan migrants, here.