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 across Canada. This work has been published by The 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 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 participated in solo and group exhibitions, most notably at Presentation House Gallery (North Vancouver), Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) Artspace (Toronto), 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 Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).