Yoriyas Yassine Alaoui, also known as Yoriyas, is a Casablanca-based photographer and performance artist. His work has been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic. He has received several awards, including the 7th Contemporary African Photography Prize 2018, the award Les Amis de l’Institut du Monde Arabe for Contemporary Arab Creation 2019 and he curated the opening of the first photography museum in Morocco, the “Morocco National Museum of Photography”. The opening exhibition “Sourtna”.
Yoriyas started playing chess when he was five years old, leading him to fall in love with mathematics. By the age of 16, the influence of Hip Hop music and culture had paved a new path for his life, and he became a break-dancer. While traveling around the world as a professional dancer for competitions in 2013, a serious knee injury halted his dance career, leading to a new artistic transformation: photography as a means of self-expression.
The unique blend of his Arab North-African heritage, strategy of chess, and his love for dance led him to one-of-a-kind methods of self-expression through photography. He has been exhibited across the world, including in the HERMÈS Foundation in Paris, the History Miami Museum, Photo Basel, and the 1-54 African Art Fair Marrakech.