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Yoriyas

Yoriyas

Morocco • Born in: 1984

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Moroccan artists

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 Friends of the Arab World Institute Prize for Contemporary Arab Creation.


At the age of 16, the influence of music and hip-hop culture opened a new path for his life, since he became a breakdancer. Traveling the world as a professional competition dancer, a serious knee injury ended his dancing career in 2013, setting the stage for a new artistic transformation: photography as a means of self-expression. 


He has been exhibited mainly at the Hermès Paris Foundation, the Miami History Museum, the Basel Contemporary Art Festival and the 1-54 African Art Fair x Hassan Hajjaj Marrakech.

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Yoriyas, The eyes of Niqab, Photography

Yoriyas

The eyes of Niqab, 2016 35.4 x 23.6 inch Photography

$5,184

Yoriyas, Casablanca fairy tale, Photography

Yoriyas

Casablanca fairy tale, 2016 23.6 x 35.4 inch Photography

$5,184

Yoriyas, Street Prayer, Photography

Yoriyas

Street Prayer, 2017 23.6 x 35.4 inch Photography

$7,258

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Who is the artist?

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 Friends of the Arab World Institute Prize for Contemporary Arab Creation.


At the age of 16, the influence of music and hip-hop culture opened a new path for his life, since he became a breakdancer. Traveling the world as a professional competition dancer, a serious knee injury ended his dancing career in 2013, setting the stage for a new artistic transformation: photography as a means of self-expression. 


He has been exhibited mainly at the Hermès Paris Foundation, the Miami History Museum, the Basel Contemporary Art Festival and the 1-54 African Art Fair x Hassan Hajjaj Marrakech.

When was Yoriyas born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1984