Leila Alaoui: The Moroccans
Guillaume de Sardes, Leila Alaoui
Editions Hermann, 2018
Leila Alaoui realised her series The Moroccans between 2010 and 2014. Her intent was not to photograph Moroccan daily life, but rather portraits, in the strictest and most classical use of the term. Using a mobile studio set up throughout Morocco, her work can be compared to that of Richard Avedon. This catalogue accompanies the exhibition, The Moroccans, at the musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech (30 September 2018 – 5 February 2019). Revealing the traditional Moroccan attire of different ethnic groups, Arabs as well as Berbers, The Moroccans is not only a work of art, but also an archive and a historical testimony, recording traditions that are disappearing in an age of increasing globalisation.