Malala Andrialavidrazana was born in Madagascar in 1971, and lives in Paris since the early 80’s.
Born a traveller, Malala Andrialavidrazana is a visual artist with a background in architecture. Her research is interested by notion of barriers and interactions within cross-cultural contexts. She digs behind scenes in a succession of back and forth between private spaces and global issues to explore social imaginaries, primarily through the photographic medium. Gradually, she invents a language whose approach is resolutely turned toward History but whose engagement in the City remains active. With a subtle hint of anthropological fieldwork, examining the in-between space in a multitude of heres and nows, her visual compositions open up the possibility of alternative storytelling.
Malala Andrialavidrazana graduated from Paris La Villette School of Architecture in 1996. Her “d’Outre-Monde” series, disclosing funerary customs at the boundaries of nature and culture, was awarded the prestigious HSBC Prize for Photography, and released by the renowned Actes Sud publisher in 2004. She received the joint support of the Institut Français and the National Arts Council of South Africa through the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013 program for her project “Echoes (from Indian Ocean)”, published by Kehrer Verlag in 2013.
Over the past years, her work has been exhibited in numerous international institutions and cultural events, amongst others: Fondation Donwahi (Ivory Coast, 2016), Bamako Encounters (Mali, 2005/2015), Théâtre National de Chaillot (France, 2015), New Church Museum (South Africa, 2014), La Maison Rouge (France, 2014), SUD Triennial (Cameroon, 2013), Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal/France, 2013), SAVVY (Germany, 2013), Focus Mumbai (India, 2013), Biennale Bénin (Benin, 2012), KZNSA (South Africa, 2012), Tiwani (UK, 2012), DIPE (China, 2011), Pan African Festival (Algiers, 2009), UCCA (China, 2008), Centrale Electrique (Belgium, 2007), Rencontres d’Arles (France, 2007), Herzliya Museum (Israel, 2007), Force de l’art (France, 2006).