Oumou Nassri Aidara

"There is nothing like the quantified self through a determined frame. On a quest for identity and self-representation, I got lost. Somewhere on a digital sphere, where all the colors have faded, I began to express the emotions I used to keep hidden. From the outside, it feels like I fell into the depth of the unimaginative world. On the inside, it feels like I reached a level of awareness I couldn't feel before. I was in a state of emptiness, calmness and contemplation. Isn't this where to go from when you reach a blockage?" (Oumou Nassri Aidara)

Oumou Nassri Aidara

If I wasn't a photographer, I would be a farmer.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

In 20 years, I see myself in Berlin, working in my own art studio and gardening.

What is a good design for you?

A good design for me is one that carries the creator's values and has a great aesthetic.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

Searching my own style was the most challenging experience. As a photographer, I felt like I was constantly trying and struggling to find what it was that mattered most in my work. And that was something no one could find out for me.

Who or what inspires you?

I'm very inspired by Ruth Ginsberg, Marina Abramovic and Torbjørn Rødland.

How do you approach a new project?

Intensive research.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

To start looking into open calls and portfolio reviews, as soon as possible.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

I became more conscious of my work and how it should be presented.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

I thought that was the only thing I saw myself doing.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Long lectures which did not teach you anything new.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

I am going to celebrate by not celebrating. I'd rather spend some time reflecting on my art.

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