Yoriyas, photographic intuition
Yassine Alaoui Ismaili, also known as Yoriyas, is a photographer and performer from Casablanca. His work has been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic, Vogue and The Guardian. He has received several grants and awards, including the 7th Prize for Contemporary African Photography and the Les Amis de l'Institut du Monde Arabe Prize for Contemporary Arab Creation.
At the age of 16, the influence of hip-hop music and culture opened the door to breakdancing. While travelling the world as a professional competition dancer, a serious knee injury ended his dancing career in 2013. Yoriyas then underwent a new artistic transformation: and turned to photography as a means of self-expression.
Yoriyas' work is often an intuitive observation of urban/public space, and a documentation of daily life and change in Morocco and Africa. His images have been featured in the New York Times and National Geographic. He has received several awards, including the Les Amis de l'Institut du Monde Arabe Award for Contemporary Arab Creation 2019 and the 7th African Contemporary Photography at Photo Basel 2018.
He has been exhibited around the world, including at the HERMÈS Foundation in Paris, 836m Gallery San Francisco, The History-Miami Museum and Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal.
In 2020, he organised Sourtna, the inaugural exhibition of the National Museum of Photography in Morocco. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Yoriyas was selected by the New York Times as one of the artists to watch and received the COVID-19 emergency fund from National Geographic.