Maya Ines Touam

  • Maya Inès Touam (Born in 1988 in Paris, France. Lives and works in Paris, France) “No one today is merely...

    Maya Inès Touam

    (Born in 1988 in Paris, France. Lives and works in Paris, France)

     

    “No one today is merely this or that—Indian, woman, Muslim, American—these labels are only starting points.” – Edward W. Said

     

    Born in France to Algerian parents, Maya Inès Touam embraces the perspective of a granddaughter of immigrants, crafting her work across the Mediterranean, blending an identity that is both intimate and foreign. A graduate of the Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2013, she conducts research that is both anthropological and dreamlike, utilizing various mediums such as photography, drawings, and sculptures, often incorporating personal or symbolic objects.

     

    In 2017, she was awarded a prize by the Fondation Alliances in Morocco. In 2021, during a residency at the Fondation H in France, she expanded her research to include the African diasporas within the country, offering a postcolonial perspective on immigration. More recently, she exhibited at the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, France, presenting work that is inspired by Western cultural influences and deeply marked by her continent of origin.

     

    Touam’s work is in the public collections of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, USA; the Huis Marseille - Museum of Photography, Amsterdam; the city of Alfortville, France and is in the private collections of JP Morgan Chase & Co, USA; the King of Morocco Mohamed VI, Morocco; Fondation Blachère, France; Foundation H, Paris/Antananarivo, France/Madagascar; the Montresso* Art Foundation, Morocco; the Alliances Foundation, Casablanca, Morocco; to only name a few.

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