The young Franco-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui
killed at age 32, during the terrorist attack of a restaurant in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, perpetuated on January 15th 2016, has been awarded posthumously the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, by French Minister of Culture Audrey Azoulay, on April 14 th 2017.
French impresario Pierre Bergé handed over the decoration to Christine Alaoui, mother of the photographer.
The attack, claimed by al - Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), made some 30 mortal casualties. Leïla Alaoui had been sent by NGO Amnesty International to shoot a documentary project on violence against women in Burkina Faso.
A foundation that bears her name was created in March 2016 "to perpetuate the values of humanism and respect that she so much prized". She is the youngest decorated member in the history of this order.
The French Institute of Marrakech had already inaugurated on February 14 th 2017 the "Cinema Leila Alaoui", in presence of Christine Alaoui, President of the Leila Alaoui Foundation and Eric Gérard, General Consul of France in Marrakech. The ceremony on April 14th, held at six pm at the Consular Residence adjacent to the Koutoubia, was very emotional and Pierre Bergé paid a poignant tribute to this promising young talent killed in her prime. The Sa Bassa Blanca museum exhibits one of her most famous works of the series "Les marocains".
The museum Sa Bassa Blanca exhibits one of her best known works belonging to the series called “Les marocains”.
From left to right: Christine Alaoui, Pierre Bergé, Aziz Alaoui, Yasmina Alaoui, Eric Gérard. Marrakech 14th April 2017.
Photograph of the series "Les marocains" exhibited in msbb.