AKILA BERJAOUI

SEEING POSITANO

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As the fruit of an aesthetic combining dilettantism and a natural flair for geometry, Akila Berjaoui?s images tell little stories with seaside connotations, which the models embody with great sensuality. In colour or in black and white, the photographer pursues her artistic quest with continual reference to women, to the ?50s, ?60s and ?70s, Italian cinema, and to the famous actresses of those eras. She affirms her lineage with the work of Slim Aarons, in which these same personalities flaunt themselves brazenly against an azure blue ? that of infinity pools and waves breaking on the shores of the Pacific, or come to laze around in luxurious holiday destinations. Seeing Positano was taken in 2015 in the city of Positano, an elegant seaside resort on the Amalfi coast, Italy.

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AKILA BERJAOUI

Akila Berjaoui is a photographer born in the coastal city of Tweed Heads in northern Australia. Given her double culture, she conserves her paternal roots in Beirut, Lebanon, and remains captivated by the Australian beaches that she visited as a child on long holidays in her maternal family. Now living in Sydney where she attended university, Akila Berjaoui first worked as an intern for the fashion magazine Russh before pursuing her career as a fashion designer. The starting point of her photographic career arose a bit later, when she was called in to replace an absent photographer at short notice for a fashion shoot. The shots taken with her Polaroid that day were to seal her artistic fate. Ever since, she has travelled all over the world producing sensual images by continually referring to the touristic atmospheres of the 1970s in the work of Slim Aarons, to the faces of Claude Nori?s young women, or Bruce Weber?s black-and-white portraits.

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