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 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. This summer, Alia expanded The Sisters Project by doing a cross Canada tour highlighting Muslim women’s stories from 12 cities. This work has been published by The Globe and Mail, CBC, 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 that 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 had solo shows at the Ryerson Image Centre Student Gallery (Toronto) and Ryerson Artspace (Toronto) and participated in many group exhibitions, most notably at Presentation House Gallery (North Vancouver), Nuit Blanche (Toronto), and the Parliament of Canada (Ottawa). She has also taught in the Digital Media Workshop at Kwantlen Polytechnic University 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 and is now pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts in Documentary Media at the same institution. 

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

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