Photo by Aliya Gollom Photography

Photo by Aliya Gollom Photography


Alia Youssef is a Toronto-based artist whose work focuses on portraiture and storytelling through photography, video, and text. She is passionate about bringing light to underrepresented stories; especially those those surrounding womanhood, familiar relationships, and gendered - Islamophobia. Her long-term series, The Sisters Project, combats negative stereotypes of Muslim women by showcasing the diverse stories of inspirational women across Canada. This work has been published by TtThe Globe and Mail, Buzzfeed, The Ethnic Aisle, Refinery29, and many more online and print media. Her passion for bringing a positive image to Muslim women led her to work on the 2017 Muslim Girl and Getty Images collaboration in New York City, a project thatwhichthat intended to flood the web with positive images of Muslim women.

Youssef has exhibited her work and screened her videos in Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions, most notably at the Presentation House Gallery (North Vancouver) (North Vancouver), the Ryerson Artspace (Toronto) (Toronto), Nuit Blanche (Toronto) (Toronto), and the Parliament of Canada (Ottawa) (Ottawa). She has also taught inatin the Digital Media Workshop at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, BC, in Surrey, BC, and has given numerous public artist talks and lectures.

Youssef completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography with Distinction at Ryerson University. In the fall of 2018, she will be exhibiting at the Ryerson Image Centre Student Gallery and in Gallery 44 Centre of Contemporary Photography's Member Gallery.

  The Sisters Project  folio in the Globe and Mail Dec 2nd, 2017

The Sisters Project folio in the Globe and Mail Dec 2nd, 2017