Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MMFA 2017: Leila Alaoui

Leila Alaoui
No Pasara

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting an exhibition of works by a French-Moroccan photographer and video artist Leila Alaoui. Born in Paris in 1982, she lost her life in Burkina Faso a year ago, on January 15, 2016, when gunmen attacked a restaurant and a hotel in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou. She was one of thirty victims, six of them Canadians, humanitarian aid workers from Quebec, who had gone there on a photographic assignment for Amnesty International to produce a report on women’s rights.

The MMFa exhibition is dedicated to her series No Pasara. The title means “Entry denied,” and is a reference to the famous anti-fascist slogan from the Spanish Civil War “No Pasarán” (they shall not pass). This series of 24 pictures was commissioned by the European Union in 2008. It features young Moroccans dreaming of an “Eldorado” located to the north, across the Mediterranean Sea. They are mostly portraits on the theme of migration, borders and freedom.

The exhibition is located on Level S2, in the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion, at
1380 Sherbrooke Street West. 

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All images above feature photos by Leila Alaouiare shown at the MMFA No Pasara exhibition.

After its presentation in Montreal, the exhibition will travel to New York, where it will be shown at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair from May 5 to 7, 2017.

For more information about the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, visit the museum's website.

Photo: Leila Alaoui 

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