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Ayline Olukman

Ayline Olukman is a multimedia artist whose work addresses the notion of intimacy, solitude and wandering, resulting in photography, painting, writing, etching and drawing. She was born in Strasbourg, France in 1981 and graduated with an MFA from L’École des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg (ESAD) in 2005. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally including at Aperture Contemporary, NYC, Art Shanghai, China, Contemporary Istanbul, and her work has been published in magazines and book editions including Médiapop Edition, NOVO and Fisheye. Following a position as Artist in Residence in 2015 at Point B in Brooklyn, NY, USA, Olukman lived and worked in NYC until 2018. In 2018, she held the position of Artist in Residence at the International Center of Art Of Shangjin China. In 2019 Olukman won the Verzasca Prize 2019 (Switzerland) for her series Psyché (later called La mue) being awarded a solo exhibition during the upcoming Verzasca Foto Festival. Her 3rd book, La mue, was published in October 2019, selected among the best photo books 2019 by the PHMuseum. September 2020, she is invited by the Mulhouse photography biennial to the discussion panel around the photographic book.
Maintaining my quest for wandering is a quest in itself. I have come to admit that the issue of displacement is central to my work. A non-place common to everyone. For a long time, in this relation to nostalgia, I was in the disenchantment of this time that nothing holds back. Then I realized I was wrong. The image is just an image but it has a real status; it exists by itself, which causes a certain imbalance. My study focuses on the process of creation itself, the search for meaning belonging to the world and to the body through memory. The limit of the skin is an intimate and yet universal geography that is the red thread of my work, a game of putting in damage where the notion of scale or reality is lost. I see my images: these inner/outer landscapes as the place where body and nature meet, negotiate their differences and similarities. I think it’s important to stay in touch with the elements, the nature or the road, but also that we cannot clearly identify them. I need to encompass things without their limitations. The more I entered into the desire to understand myself, the more I became aware that I was part of a whole. The gaze is solicited in a continuous exchange between the outside and the inside, the reflection of the mirror is a hand extended to the viewer.
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