Leila Alaoui

Artist Leila Alaoui Dies from Injuries Sustained in Burkina Faso Terror Attack

French-Moroccan artist Leila Alaoui has died after being injured in an attack launched by al-Qaeda gunmen on a restaurant and hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital. She died of cardiac arrest after enduring a six-hour-long operation on gunshot wounds to her leg and thorax. Alaoui was on assignment for Amnesty International.

A photographer who studied at the City University of New York, Alaoui had presented work at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, as well as the 2012 and 2014 Marrakech Biennales, and her art is in the collections of the Qatar Museum and Société Generale. She often traveled in Morocco and Lebanon, photographing scenes from the two countries. Alaoui’s works “oscillat[e] between fine art and documentary photography,” wrote Lara Atallah in a recent Critic’s Pick, adding that Alaoui’s subjects “stand as witnesses to a culture that continues to survive.”