Architect-turned-photographer Yasmin Al-Ani was drawn to images and imaging early on in life because, she says, she can’t spell. Which was undoubtedly a blessing in disguise, impelling her to express herself through written images rather than words. Her photographic language is singular, her architect’s eye keenly exploring both the haphazard graphics of nature and the hard reality of concrete, finding poetry in the ordinary and even the unsightly. And now, Atelier 7 is presenting the first exhibition of Yasmin’s work in France, from May 20th through June 19th, with a selection of recent photographs in both B&W and color.
Al-Ani was born in Hamburg to a German mother and an Iraqi father. In the mid-70s the family moved first to Iraq and then to Vienna, Austria. Both cultures left a deep impression on Yasmin that would later influence her work and understanding of space, art and architecture.
But it was after moving to London to study architecture at the Architectural Association that she started exploring the medium of photography, initially to demonstrate architectural intents, as well as to capture other spaces and influences. After an extremely successful career in architecture, she has, in the last few years, dedicated more time to photography. Al-Ani likes to observe everyday buildings, shapes, objects and textures, using photography as a tool to manipulate and enhance them to create strong graphic images.
Yasmin Al-Ani at Atelier 7
May 20 through June 19, 2010
Wednesday to Saturday, 3:00 to 7:00pm or by appointment