Malala Andrialavidrazana, Figures 1838, atlas élémentaire, 2015, Ultrachrome pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth, 110 x 138 cm / 43 x 54 in, Edition of 5, Courtesy AFRONOVA GALLERY
Malala Andrialavidrazana, Figures 1838, atlas élémentaire, 2015, Ultrachrome pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth, 110 x 138 cm / 43 x 54 in, Edition of 5, Courtesy AFRONOVA GALLERY  

Malala Andrialavidrazana is a visual artist with a background in architecture. Examining borders in a transcultural context, her photographic projects open up possibilities for storytelling through visual anthropology. Her ongoing series Figures (2015–), negotiates a diverse range of material – atlases, bank notes, album covers from her youth – to challenge modes of visualizing the world. Culminating in photomontages, Figures reveals the fault lines of knowledge production, conveying our current condition as one gripped by global capitalism. Andrialavidrazana graduated from Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-la Villette in 1996. Her d’Outre-Monde series (back to the earth) – examining funerary customs at the edges of nature and culture – was awarded the prestigious HSBC Prize for Photography, and published as a monograph in 2004. Additional projects include Echoes (from Indian Ocean), which was co-supported by the Institut Français and the National Arts Council of South Africa, and published by Kehrer Verlag in 2013.