2024.04.13 - 05.12

Yoriyas (Yassine Alaoui Ismaili) ヨリヤス(ヤシン・アラウイ・イスマイリ)

Casablanca Not the Movie

Supported by agnès b.

Scenography by Takuma Yokomae and Ghali Bouayad (YOKOMAE et BOUAYAD inc.)

Yassine Alaoui Ismaili(Yoriyas) – Moroccan photographer and choreographer – first made his name as a professional breakdancer before pursuing a career in photography in 2015. He enjoys international recognition and was recently identified by The New York Times as an artist to follow. His work, which ranges from performance to photography, focuses on how we inhabit and appropriate urban and public spaces. He documents daily life and societal changes in Morocco – particularly in Casablanca, his home town – and in Africa. His candid shots are characterised by an intuitive quality and deliberate use of color. Yoriyas draws on his experience with choreography to garner fresh points of view. His instantaneous scenes are also reminiscent of his mastery of space and movement. His interest in mathematics and chess is reflected in his balanced yet complex compositions, which make use of distinct planes. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Prize for Contemporary Photography – CAP Prize 2018, the Friends of the IMA Prize for contemporary Arab creation, and the Taklif Prize at the Contemporary Dance Festival On Marche Marrakech 2023. He has exhibited and performed in international institutions such as the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès (Paris), 836m Gallery San Francisco and the Institut pour La photographie, Lille. He curated Sourtna, the inaugural exhibition of the National Photography Museum of Morocco and at the Washington World Bank in 2022.

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