Karla Hiraldo Voleau


Hola Mi Amol, 2019 © Karla Hiraldo Voleau
Latin Lover, 2019 © Karla Hiraldo Voleau
Follow Me In, in collaboration with Anna Kieblesz, 2017 © Karla Hiraldo Voleau
Hola Mi Amol, 2019 © Karla Hiraldo Voleau
Hola Mi Amol, 2019 © Karla Hiraldo Voleau
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Karla Hiraldo Voleau

Karla Hiraldo Voleau was born in the Dominican Republic in 1992, and is based in Lausanne. She graduated in 2018 from the art school ECAL with a MA in photography. 
Her work was featured at the Rencontres d'Arles 2017 and at Plat(t)form 2019 and her diploma project, the photobook 'Hola Mi Amol' has been shortlisted for the Unseen Dummy Award 2018 and she was the 3rd prize winner of Swiss Young Talents for Photography VFG 2018. It is being published by SPBH Editions and ECAL.
Her practice revolves mainly around the changing status of intimacy in what appears to be a tenderness era. She explores the common points between performance and photography, using her own body and identity, to emphasize on her female gaze. While investigating the borders of the allowed in human interactions, love, sexuality, friendship, she stands on the thin line that separates 'real life' and art.


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Curator’s Statement

Karla Hiraldo Voleau's work revolves around identity, vulnerability and love, gender roles and the mechanisms in the relationship between women and men. She is her own protagonist and this position makes her work deeply personal. At the same time, she is dealing with how women can reclaim themes that are usually associated with masculinity like sex tourism, voyeurism and the gaze. Hiraldo Voleau combines fictional, non-fictional and auto-fictional elements. Along with her fearlessness to take risks on an ethical level, this creates an interesting tension that excites, fascinates and challenges.
By choosing Karla, we were drawn into a contemporary and innovative continuation of the tradition of performative photography as practiced by the likes of Sophie Calle and Jim Goldberg.

Kim Knoppers
Curator Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

© Photo: Olympus/ Niklas Nischke

Selected Publications

Vogue Italy | Judy by Karla Hiraldo Voleau, 21.01.2019
vfg Young Swiss Talent Award | Catalogue N 22, 2018
It's Nice That | ECAL graduate Karla Hiraldo Voleau on voyeurism and the female gaze, Lucy Bourton, 23.08.3018
Collaborate! | Special Issue Foam Magazine, 2017

Selected Exhibitions

Swiss Young Talents of Photography VFG | Photobastei, Zurich, Elac Gallery, Lausanne, Oslo 8, Basel, Photo 19 festival, Zurich / Switzerland, 2018 
Collaborate! | Group Exhibition by Foam Museum in La Bourse du Travail at Les Rencontres d'Arles / France, 2017 
Augmented Photography | Group Exhibition, Elac Gallery, Lausanne / Switzerland 2017 
MAP Festival de Photo | Group Exhibition at Musée Paul Dupuy, Toulouse / France 2016

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