1001 Dreams

Yasmina Alaoui's avatar Yasmina Alaoui

Yasmina Alaoui is of French and Moroccan descent, born in New York in 1977. She studied Fine Arts at the Carousel du Louvre in Paris, and earned a BA in Sculpture from the College of William and Mary. She currently lives and works between New York city and Morocco. In her life-sized photographic series “one thousand and one dreams”, statuesque bodies appear frozen in time, covered from head to toe in meticulously detailed, contemporary Arabic Henna patters. Captivated by the realism and sculptural quality of each human form, the viewer becomes lost in an illusion. Each artwork begins with a black and white nude photograph shot by photographer Marco Guerra. Layers of complex ink drawings are then fused with the portrait, with breathtaking results. The series have successfully been exhibited and collected internationally since 2005.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: C-print on diasec
  • Width: 68 inches
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 86 inches