Maia Flore’s artistic approach is part of a search for coincidences between reality and her imagination. Her universe, created from scratch, translates into moving and bewitching images which are an invitation to share a journey into sweet utopia.
Of her encounter with Saint-Malo during the residence Territoire rêvé Bretagne, made with the poet Albane Gellé, Maia Flore has captured the impermanence of the place. What still exists? What remains in Time? The ever-changing lights, the sea and the movement of the tides with its floods of water and deserts of sand, the rocks sometimes black, sometimes sparkling… create a collection of living, elusive spaces, whose cartography is constantly being reinvented.
In her pictures, the photographer imagines a choreography where her body stands in full frame or gets lost in the immensity, as if to suspend time and catch for us a little of this evanescent magic in a land that is already no longer the same. In her depiction of Saint-Malo, Maia Flore does not recreate the space, she fills it with a gentle nostalgia and retains its almost surreal lunar landscapes from which emerges a universe as intimate as it is universal.”
A member of the VU’ agency, photographer Maia Flore was awarded the HSBC Prize for Photography in 2015. Her photographs and Albane Gellé’s poems were taken in Saint-Malo as part of the art residency Territoire rêvé Bretagne, Photographie & Poésie, organized by association l’art à l’ouest.
The book D’îles en lune, photographs by Maia Flore and poems by Albane Gellé will be offered for sale at the gallery. contrejour editions – 215 x 275 mm – 30 €
Maia Flore : d’îles en lune
12 mars – 18 avril 2020
Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
36 rue Falguière7
5015 Paris – France