1000 and 1 Dreams – Yasmina Alaoui

Artist Yasmina Alaoui and photographer Marco Guerra love to tantalize their audience.  In their 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 by Guerra.  Layers of Alaoui’s complex ink drawings are then fused with the portrait, with breathtaking results.  Originally from Chile and Morocco respectively, the couple has been collaborating since 2005, and have successfully been exhibited and collected internationally.

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