Installation shot of L’Île du Diable (Devil’s Island) by Leila Alaoui (c) Tim Bowditch

A virtual tour of Leila Alaoui: Rite of Passage

26 Oct 2020

Explore our new exhibition dedicated to the work of the late French-Moroccan photographer, artist and activist Leila Alaoui in this virtual tour guided by writer and curator Ekow Eshun.

From setting up a travelling mobile studio to photograph the people of Morocco, to embedding herself within a Syrian refugee camp to document a community displaced by conflict, Alaoui's photography invites us to see and connect with the world, and the people she encountered, through her eyes. In this film, Ekow Eshun introduces three of Alaoui's photographic series featured in the exhibition, 'The Moroccans', 'No Pasara' and 'Natreen', and an unfinished film work, 'Devils Island', that explores France's history of colonialism.

In partnership with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

With thanks to The Leila Alaoui Foundation, created to preserve her work, defend her values, and inspire and support artistic engagement. 

Leila Alaoui: Rite of Passage is the ninth exhibition in The Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Rooms Series, an ongoing partnership with the leading law firm to present a wide range of free exhibitions reflecting the broad interests of both organisations.

Header image: Installation shot of L’Île du Diable (Devil’s Island) by Leila Alaoui © Tim Bowditch.