Moroccan-French (b. 1996, Paris)
Lives and works between New York and Marrakech, Morocco.
Layadi-Marfouk’s practice explores original modes of representation of ordinarily mischaracterized Muslim identities in an attempt to bring diversity to a Western-centric conversation. Through the construction of a personal visual syntax, and the use of antiquated photographic techniques that span from the 4x5 large-format film camera to halogen lights used in moving pictures in the early twentieth century, Layadi-Marfouk's works depart from preconceptions embedded in traditional Western imagery too often revolving around anonymous depictions of pain, violence and submission.
Walid Layadi-Marfouk obtained his B.S.E. and certificate in the Program of Visual Arts from Princeton University; he is a recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts (2017).
His work is held in international institutional collections, including the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, the French Institute of Marrakech, and the Princeton University permanent collection.
Previous exhibitions include RIAD, Lewis Center for the Arts (Princeton, 2017); RIAD, French Consulate of Marrakech (2018); the 1-54 African Contemporary Art Fair (Marrakech, 2018); AFRICA IS NO ISLAND, Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (Marrakech, 2018); Second Generations for the U.N. General Assembly (New York, 2018), and No Commission at the Dean Collection (Miami, 2018).