About

 

Yassine Alaoui Ismaili, also known as Yoriyas, is a Casablanca-based photographer and performance artist. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The National Geographic, Vogue and The Guardian.
He has received several grants and awards, including the 7th Contemporary African Photography Prize and Award  Les Amis de l’Institut du Monde Arabe for Contemporary Arab Creation.

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, as he became a breakdancer. While traveling around the world as a professional dancer for competitions, a serious knee injury halted his dance career in 2013, paving the way for a new artistic transformation: photography as a means of self-expression.

The unique blend of his North-African heritage, the mathematics, strategy of chess and his love for dance lead him to one-of-a-kind methods of self-expression through photography. He has been exhibited across the world, including HERMÈS Foundation Paris, History Miami Museum, Festival Contemporary Art Basel and 1-54 African Art Fair x Hassan Hajjaj Marrakech.


AWARDS
2019  Prize of l’Institut du Monde Arabe for Contemporary Arab Creation.
2018  Winner the 7th Contemporary African Photography Prize, Basel  
2017  Selected for New York Times Portfolio Review
2016  Les Nuits Photographique, Essaouira
2016  Finalist Lensculture Street Photography Awards, USA
2016  First prize in World Street Photography, Hamburg

PUBLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS
2019   Institute du Monde Arabe
2018   The New York Times
2018   The Washington Post
2018   Der spiegel
2018   Chiness Magazine 卡萨布兰卡不是电影Yoriyas
2018   worldpressphoto
2018   The Guardien 1
2018   1 54 interview
2017   The New York Times
2017   New York Magazine
2016   The Guardien 2

EXHIBITIONS
2019  Exhibition at l’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris France
2018  Exhibition at Aéroport Montpellier Méditerranée France
2018  Exhibition at Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Paris France
2018  Solo at 1-54 African Artfair, Riad Yima/Hassan Hajjaj, Marrakech
2018  Solo show and performance at Institut Français, Casablanca
2018  Moussem Cities Loading Casa, Brussels, Belgium
2017  Solo show at Presence Photographie Montèlimar, France
2017  Group exhibition, The Arab Street, Dubai
2017  Solo show Institut Français, Essaouira

COLLECTIONS
2019  l’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
2018  Mi Casa Hassan Hajjaj Marrakech
2017  Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Paris

RESIDENCES
2019  Citè international des arts, Paris, France
2017  L’Afrique en Capitale, Rabat, Morocco