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Maia Flore

Maia Flore was born in 1988, in France. She is currently living in Berkeley, California.

Graduated from Ecole des Gobelins in 2010, she joined Agence VU' in 2011.

Her approach fits into a research of coincidences between reality and her imagination. Her world is a complete fabrication in form of touching and enchanting narrations, even surrealistic.

This is in Sweden she begins her first series "Sleep Elevations", a journey that indulges in childhood memories.
During the summer of 2012, while her first residence in Finland, Maia Flore explores new methods of representation and narration.

These researches will then continue at the Arts Center of Berkeley, California. Resulting two series (Situations and Morning Sculptures) that continue to explore the feelings of confusion in which the photographer places her characters as her audience.

She is exposed for the first time in February 2011 at the festival Circulation (s) of the Young European Photography in Paris.

More recently, as part of a White Card from Atout France and the French Institute, Maia Flore depicts the French heritage through her dreamy world in the series "Imagine France – Le voyage fantastique" exposed in Bercy Village until September 2014.

Along with her own work, she also responds to commands for the press and the private or public cultural sector.


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Portfolio

Stories

A Fantastical Voyage (2014)

France and its cultural treasures offer an incredible playground for an artist as imaginative and elegant as Maia Flore. Her Sleep Elevation collection—images of beautiful young women suspended from clouds—made her an overnight star in the international art scene. Flore is part of a new generation but, even more interestingly, she belongs to the “new photography” digital generation, where images are constructed and captured in equal parts, where post-production (computer enhancement) contributes to the final result as much as the image in the shutter. As an artist who begins by scripting and storyboarding her photographs before slipping back behind the camera, this approach is one...

Situations (2012)

In the Situations series, a girl runs through varyingly weathered landscapes donning a striking red outfit. In search of a sublime freedom, she travels to find fleeting moments of communion with nature. Draped in red, she catches the light of the sun or buries herself in the fog. As though she were attempting to rediscover this space, she roams on land-locked clouds that evaporate into the landscape upon the return of the sun as it chases away their mystery. Like a game between reality and fantasy, the clash between clairvoyance and a moment of madness, the girl is amused by her emotional confusion.

Morning Sculptures (2012)

Morning sculptures, memories of the night when this bed became a boat in the middle of an ocean of sheets in which I entangle myself. The fear of giving into this quotidian fatality called sleep, night after night, in a neutral (unknown ?) environment, has left its mark on the sheets. In each one of these rooms a particular shape was born, an imaginary character rising out of the night, as though fossilized in the room. A last remnant of the dream’s realm, a single fragment of reality that vanished with the coming of the dawn. The brutality of waking up, first, where we abruptly depart from an interior world, only to be projected into the foreign space of a hotel room. As we...

Sleep Elevation (2010)

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night,” Edgar Allan Poe. This is how these girls, carried away in the air by objects, let themselves travel through boundless landscapes. Flying towards dreamed lands, making real a complete attraction between the character, his ideal universe and the world they live in: that is where these girls lead us. Their contorted movements are merging with the shape of the one revealing their passion. Mix of an imaginary realism and childhood memories, these beings in levitation invite us to dream, limitlessly.

Exhibitions



Imagine France, a Fantastic Voyage (Paris)
From 2014-06-13 to 2014-09-10

Bercy Village, Atout France and the French Institute show a new point of view, poetic and shifted of the French castles, museums and monuments. Using the talents of Maia Flore, they organize the exhibition \"Imagine France\" that features the sights and cultural events, with a new eye. Maia Flore traveled along the French roads between July and September 2013 to visit 25 cultural sites, then she staged them according to the inspiration she found in each site. Her bias was to create a character that appropriates each place, to make it alive and surprising. Sometimes actor, sometimes...

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Imagine France, a Fantastic Voyage (20123 Milano)
From 2014-05-28 to 2014-06-06

Atout France and the French Institute show a new point of view, poetic and shifted of the French castles, museums and monuments. Using the talents of Maia Flore, they organize the exhibition \"Imagine France\" that features the sights and cultural events, with a new eye. Maia Flore traveled along the French roads between July and September 2013 to visit 25 cultural sites, then she staged them according to the inspiration she found in each site. Her bias was to create a character that appropriates each place, to make it alive and surprising. Sometimes actor, sometimes spectator, this...

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Imagine France, a Fantastic Voyage (New York City, NY)
From 2014-05-08 to 2014-05-24

Atout France and the French Institute show a new point of view, poetic and shifted of the French castles, museums and monuments. Using the talents of Maia Flore, they organize the exhibition \"Imagine France\" that features the sights and cultural events, with a new eye. Maia Flore traveled along the French roads between July and September 2013 to visit 25 cultural sites, then she staged them according to the inspiration she found in each site. Her bias was to create a character that appropriates each place, to make it alive and surprising. Sometimes actor, sometimes spectator, this...

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Imagine France, a Fantastic Voyage (Naples)
From 2014-05-07 to 2014-05-24

Atout France and the French Institute show a new point of view, poetic and shifted of the French castles, museums and monuments. Using the talents of Maia Flore, they organize the exhibition \"Imagine France\" that features the sights and cultural events, with a new eye. Maia Flore traveled along the French roads between July and September 2013 to visit 25 cultural sites, then she staged them according to the inspiration she found in each site. Her bias was to create a character that appropriates each place, to make it alive and surprising. Sometimes actor, sometimes spectator, this...

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Imagine France, Le Fantastique Voyage (Rome)
From 2014-04-08 to 2014-04-26


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Sleep Elevation (Rome)
From 2012-04-04 to 2012-05-10

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night,” Edgar Allan Poe. This is how these girls, carried away in the air by objects, let themselves travel through boundless landscapes. Flying towards dreamed lands, making real a complete attraction between the character, his ideal universe and the world they live in: that is where these girls lead us. Their contorted movements are merging with the shape of the one revealing their passion. Mix of an imaginary realism and childhood memories, these beings in levitation invite us to dream,...

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Sleep Elevation (Arles)
From 2011-07-05 to 2011-09-17

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night,” Edgar Allan Poe.\rThis is how these girls, carried away in the air by objects, let themselves travel through boundless landscapes. Flying towards dreamed lands, making real a complete attraction between the character, his ideal universe and the world they live in: that is where these girls lead us. Their contorted movements are merging with the shape of the one revealing their passion. Mix of an imaginary realism and childhood memories, these beings in levitation invite us to dream,...

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