ECHOES (from Indian Ocean)
Malala Andrialavidrazana


Cette exposition est organisée dans le cadre de la saison France-Afrique du Sud 2012 et 2013.

Artiste française, originaire de Madagascar, Malala Andrialavidrazana vit et travaille à Paris. L’Océan Indien fait partie du territoire privilégié de son exploration artistique. Dans ses dernières séries intitulées  » ECHOES (from Indian Ocean)  » (2011-2012), Malala Andrialavidrazana donne à voir des intérieurs intimes, des natures mortes et des portraits fragmentés, photographiés à Antananarivo, Bombay, La Réunion, Durban, où les lieux et les personnes sont rapportés à leur signifiant, au plus proche des réalités multiples sur place et au-delà des clichés habituels. C’est dans cette même approche qu’elle a poursuivi son travail lors de cette résidence en 2012 à Durban et qui est aujourd’hui exposé.


Malala Andrialavidrazana’s images disclose an enquiry into the authenticity and an intimacy of urban life. Her work attaches itself to scenes and details of life, where people and places are given meaning.

This exhibition is organised as part of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013.

French artist of Malagasy origin, Malala Andrialavidrazana was born in 1971, and has lived in Paris since 1983.

Playing with boundaries in general and more particularly with the passages existing between anthropology, contemporary art and architecture, Malala Andrialavidrazana is interested in the diversity of expressions of identity in a world dominated by mass communication and a uniformity more and more pronounced. Her candid images have progressively taken place not amidst the decor of megacities charged with history, but in places where the vestiges of the past are lost in the strata of a modern and invading urbanity. Sometimes declined in the form of classic prints on paper or mounted on screen, sometimes revisited in the form of photocollage or backlit pieces, they impose no situation but propose an open frame which lets the imagination roam. Nevertheless, these images suggest a regard toward the research of both an authenticity and an intimacy with the city, attaching themselves to scenes of life or urban details, where people and places are given their meaning.

Her pictures were awarded the 2004 Prize of the HSBC Foundation for Photography.

Malala Andrialavidrazana is represented by the baudoin lebon gallery, Paris.