On 15 January 2016, Leila Alaoui was murdered during the terrorist attack in Ouagadougou. Photomed presents the first exhibition of the work of her mother Christine Alaoui, who is also a photographer but who had never shown her photographs until now.
Just before she died in Ouagadougou, Leila had selected and retouched fifteen photos by her mother, whom she had encouraged to organize an exhibition. Leila will be the posthumous curator of this exhibition.
With her photographs taken in the 1970s, Christine Alaoui offers a very personal journey during a period when she and her husband lived in the USA and Morocco.
Following in the footsteps of French humanist photography, she captures moments that convey both emotion and a sense of timelessness. Her framing is reminiscent of the work of Brassaï or Meyerowitz, each image engaging the viewer in a process of restrained, sensitive intimacy. The exhibition title refers to the blend of cultures that characterise the photographer, who was born French, married a Moroccan, and prefigured the situation today, when many people feel that they are citizens of the world instead of being tied to their native land.
This exhibition has been made possible thanks to support from the CCME (Conseil de la Communauté Marocaine à l’Étranger) a consulting and foresight institution founded in 2007 by appointment to His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
By Philippe Sérénon