Yoriyas: Casablanca Not the Movie
Casablanca Not the Movie is a long-term project that started in 2014. It is both a love letter to the city Yoriyas calls home, and an effort to nuance the visual record for those whose exposure to Morocco’s famous city is limited to guide book snapshots, film depictions or Orientalist fantasies. The title of the project references the classic 1942 movie Casablanca that was never filmed in the city, but rather in a Hollywood studio.
Casablanca is a city of diverse cultures, shaped by numerous currents that may seem in opposition to one another. Yoriyas wants to convey the real street life and situations of Casablanca from the perspective of a Moroccan, who was born, grew up and still lives there.
Yassine Alaoui Ismail, also known as Yoriyas, is a Casablanca-based photographer and performer. During his travels, he discovered a passion for photography, capturing fleeting and unexpected moments. His recent exhibitions include Street photography festival, San Francisco and Institut Français, Essaouira (2017). Yoriyas is the recipient of the World Street Photography award, Hamburg (2015). His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian and der Spiegel.
Casablanca not the Movie will be exhibited at Riad Yima, the boutique gallery founded by artist Hassan Hajjaj.
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