Where? Paris, France (with @aadenis)
What? Miryam creates diptych paintings which host various contradictions including abstraction and figuration.
Camera? Yashica AF-J 35mm (Fujifilm Superia 400 X-TRA)
Spent a couple of days in Paris last week and managed to visit a few artists, of which Miryam was by far my favourite. She's originally from Syria but has been living in France since 2012 and recently moved studios. There was a great vibe to her space with film posters above the door, really soothing background music and this weird sculpture in the corner with sporadic paintsplashes all over it (I liked it tho'). On either wall she had propped up two huge canvases. Even though they are clearly abstract, when you take time to look there are different figures mixed into her paintings. Miryam told us she toes this line on purpose because she feels that it's easy for people to walk past a purely figuarative or abstract piece, but that something in the middle forces you to stop and search further. She was the laureate of the Jean Francois Prat prize in 2019, on the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2020, and will be shown in the Armory and Basel later on this year.
Obviously I can only give you guys a small insight into how great it was, but we had a lot of fun and an hour passed by so quickly. I also wore my all white "g-fazo" airforce 1's which have been in the box for a while so it was a good day.
Have a cheeky google and check out her work. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and stay healthy!