Born in France with two Algerian parents, Maya has always stretched her curiosity on both sides of the Mediterranean sea. It is natural that her artistic career has embraced the influences of these two continents.
Her first interrogations concerned ambivalence of feminine power in the Arab world, with rigor of not creating new-orientalism or a post-colonialism.
From this cathartic period resulted a current work more anchored in universality and centered on the geographic, political and environmental African crossroads.
Thus, through multiple media, she undertakes a work that is both anthropological and dreamlike. She touched the roots of her origins to shoot striking images. We discover with her the history and the beauty of a thousand-year-old culture, but also the practical and geographical aspects of a fabric or objects too often caricatured.
Graduated in 2013 from the Beaux-Arts in Paris, she has exhibited in the US, Europe and Africa. She has participated in several international exhibitions, including the Voies-Off (rencontres d’Arles), the Institute of the Arab World, 104 Paris or the Lagos Photo festival.
Her work has been awarded by the Alliances foundation (LCC Program), she has received support from the French Institute as well as the Montresso * Art Foundation. In 2018 she was nominated for the World press photo, joop masterclass and the FOAM Paul Huf award in Amsterdam. Maya-Ines Touam teaches photography in Paris in schools. She shares her workshop with Thomas Echegut, her artistic director.
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