Maia
Flore

Maia Flore

biography


French photographer, artistic director and video maker, born in 1988, lives and works between Paris (France) and Los Angeles (USA)

Graduated in 2010 from the Ecole des Gobelins, Maia Flore develops an artistic approach that is part of a search for coincidence between the real and the imaginary. “Maia Flore believes in the virtues of a photograph finally rid of raw reality. The real is of interest only when transfigured. With her person as a model, or rather as an acting subject, she enjoys staging improbable poetic and metaphorical situations.” (François Cheval).

It is in Sweden that she begins her first series of visual compositions, “Sleep Elevations“, which is presented as a journey suspended in childhood memories. Exploring new techniques of visual narration, her research continues in Finland, then at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California. As a result, two series, “Situations” and “Morning Sculptures“, which continue to explore the poetic gap in which the photographer places both characters and viewers, inviting them to share a journey into a soft utopia. “I like to stay in an image, to have the feeling of letting myself be carried away. This is my approach: to create places of residence“.

Through experiences and travels, Maia Flore pursues and takes further her research on the relationship between body and space, but also between the evanescence of a sensation and its fixation through representation. « Questioning the feeling that the environment provokes on the body »  is a quest nourished by itinerancy and encounting with landscape in the series “Au lieu de ce monde“, or by transcription of the bodily sensations of movement (“A rose is a rose“, a video installation in collaboration with the choreographer Thibaud Le Maguer produced by Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains).

In parallel to her personal work, Maia Flore puts her gaze at the service of the press, notably for the American slow lifestyle magazine Kinfolk, and institutions or companies, mainly cultural, fashion and luxury goods. In 2013, as part of a Carte Blanche from Atout France and the Institut Français, she will be showcasing French heritage in a lively and contemporary way through her dreamlike universe with the series “Imagine France – Le voyage fantastique” which will be exhibited around the world. This will be followed by several other institutional collaborations – photographic and/or video – on French territory such as “By the sea” (Atout France), “PlayGround” (La Grande Motte Tourist Office), “L’Enchantement va de soi” (City of Deauville), or “D’îles en Lune“, a creative residency with the poet Albane Gellé on the “dreamed territory” of Saint-Malo (Association l’Art à l’Ouest).

Winner of the HSBC Prize for Photography in 2015, her photographs are regularly exhibited in France and abroad and have been included in prestigious collections such as those of the Arthothèque de Rome, the Musée Nicéphore Niépce, the Fondation de France, the Paris Opera and the Mairie de Deauville.

Series


D’îles en lune, 2020

Series | Une Carte blanche de l’art à l’ouest.

Au lieu de ce monde, 2019

Série | With the series “Au lieu de ce monde”, which resulted in an exhibition, Maia Flore continues and takes her research on the relationship between the body and space further.

By The Sea, 2018

Serie | Maia Flore traveled the French coast from the easternmost point all the way to the West. Her journey-performance led her to 26 places which all answer, in their own specific way, the question of how to get away...

L'enchantement va de soi, 2017

Serie | Wives who stand together, independente mothers, writers. Mischievous women, curious women, sports women. Women crossed by the sea, which flow from their eyes.

Notes de corps, 2017

Serie | In a relationship between the body and space, Maia Flore creates situations with surrealist universes.

Fashion Week Men, 2016

On assignment for Libération, Maia Flore slipped into the backstage of the men's fashion shows during the 2016 Autumn-Winter Fashion Week.

Playground - La Grande Motte, 2015

Serie | A cross between architecture, design and natural space sublimated by the poetic universe of Maia Flore...

Sportsman , 2015

Serie | In the Sportsman series, Maia Flore transfigures reality with surrealistic and dreamlike images of sportsmen.

A Fantastical Voyage, 2014

Serie | 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.

Generation Y, 2013

What's Generation Y like? Maia Flore poetically expresses the doubts of a youth that is both disillusioned and optimistic...

Haute Couture, 2013

Serie | On assignment for Le Monde, Maia Flore followed the backstage of haute couture fashion shows for the Autumn-Winter 2013 season.

Situations, 2012

Serie | 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.

Big Head Poetry, 2011

In Big Head Poetry, the atmosphere is one of strangeness: classical portraits are turned into surrealistic identities...

Sleep Elevation, 2010

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night,” Edgar Allan Poe.

D’îles en lune, 2020

Series | Une Carte blanche de l’art à l’ouest.

Au lieu de ce monde, 2019

Série | With the series “Au lieu de ce monde”, which resulted in an exhibition, Maia Flore continues and takes her research on the relationship between the body and space further.

By The Sea, 2018

Serie | Maia Flore traveled the French coast from the easternmost point all the way to the West. Her journey-performance led her to 26 places which all answer, in their own specific way, the question of how to get away...

L'enchantement va de soi, 2017

Serie | Wives who stand together, independente mothers, writers. Mischievous women, curious women, sports women. Women crossed by the sea, which flow from their eyes.

Notes de corps, 2017

Serie | In a relationship between the body and space, Maia Flore creates situations with surrealist universes.

Fashion Week Men, 2016

On assignment for Libération, Maia Flore slipped into the backstage of the men's fashion shows during the 2016 Autumn-Winter Fashion Week.

Playground - La Grande Motte, 2015

Serie | A cross between architecture, design and natural space sublimated by the poetic universe of Maia Flore...

Sportsman , 2015

Serie | In the Sportsman series, Maia Flore transfigures reality with surrealistic and dreamlike images of sportsmen.

A Fantastical Voyage, 2014

Serie | 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.

Generation Y, 2013

What's Generation Y like? Maia Flore poetically expresses the doubts of a youth that is both disillusioned and optimistic...

Haute Couture, 2013

Serie | On assignment for Le Monde, Maia Flore followed the backstage of haute couture fashion shows for the Autumn-Winter 2013 season.

Situations, 2012

Serie | 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.

Big Head Poetry, 2011

In Big Head Poetry, the atmosphere is one of strangeness: classical portraits are turned into surrealistic identities...

Sleep Elevation, 2010

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night,” Edgar Allan Poe.

D’îles en lune, 2020

Series | Une Carte blanche de l’art à l’ouest.

Au lieu de ce monde, 2019

Série | With the series “Au lieu de ce monde”, which resulted in an exhibition, Maia Flore continues and takes her research on the relationship between the body and space further.

By The Sea, 2018

Serie | Maia Flore traveled the French coast from the easternmost point all the way to the West. Her journey-performance led her to 26 places which all answer, in their own specific way, the question of how to get away...

L'enchantement va de soi, 2017

Serie | Wives who stand together, independente mothers, writers. Mischievous women, curious women, sports women. Women crossed by the sea, which flow from their eyes.

Notes de corps, 2017

Serie | In a relationship between the body and space, Maia Flore creates situations with surrealist universes.

Fashion Week Men, 2016

On assignment for Libération, Maia Flore slipped into the backstage of the men's fashion shows during the 2016 Autumn-Winter Fashion Week.

Playground - La Grande Motte, 2015

Serie | A cross between architecture, design and natural space sublimated by the poetic universe of Maia Flore...

Sportsman , 2015

Serie | In the Sportsman series, Maia Flore transfigures reality with surrealistic and dreamlike images of sportsmen.

A Fantastical Voyage, 2014

Serie | 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.

Generation Y, 2013

What's Generation Y like? Maia Flore poetically expresses the doubts of a youth that is both disillusioned and optimistic...

Haute Couture, 2013

Serie | On assignment for Le Monde, Maia Flore followed the backstage of haute couture fashion shows for the Autumn-Winter 2013 season.

Situations, 2012

Serie | 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.

Big Head Poetry, 2011

In Big Head Poetry, the atmosphere is one of strangeness: classical portraits are turned into surrealistic identities...

Sleep Elevation, 2010

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night,” Edgar Allan Poe.

Multimedia


By the sea, 2017

Multimedia | Maia Flore travelled the French coast from the easternmost point all the way to the West. Her journey-performance led her to 26 places which all answer, in their own specific way, the question of how to get away.

Interviews


Maïa Flore in photographic residence in Deauville
Planche(s) Contact

2016

Invited in residence in Deauville in June 2016, Maïa Flore has produced an original photographic series that will be exhibited in the autumn, as part of the Planche(s) Contact 2016 festival.

Exhibitions


Saisons

Alliance Française de Calgary, Calgary (CANADA)

From August 2 to 31, 2021

Saint-Malo « d’îles en lune »

Hors les murs, Saint-Malo (FRANCE)

From March 02 to June 26, 2020

Harmonies

Photo Festival La Gacilly, La Gacilly (FRANCE)

From June 1 to September 30, 2019

books


Rememories

Actes Sud - 2015

Rememories

Actes Sud - 2015

Rememories

Actes Sud - 2015

Awards


PDN’s 30 2016, New Emerging Photographers to Watch

2016

Prix HSBC pour la photographie

2015

Sony World Photography Award, catégorie Conceptuel, shortlist

2013