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I Am – Paradox Identity
Ilse Frech

I am A Paradox

I am A ParadoxI Am – Paradox Identity
Ilse Frech


25 loose-leaf fold-out posters enclosed in slipcase.
250 x 350mm
ISBN 9789059731004


I Am – Paradox Identity was first conceived in 2003. Being participant of the Joop Swart Masterclass in 2003, I had worked in several banlieues – suburbs, of Paris with Muslim adolescents, foremost with young women. These six weeks during Paris’ tropical heatwave, sparked the beginning of an in-depth research–  and photography project as the encounters proved to be the basis for the decision to create a longterm documentary project about young Muslim women, whence I decided to live in Paris. From 2005 onwards, at first during a one-year residency at Atelier Holsboer at the Cité Internationale in Paris,  I worked in the banlieues around Paris, years following, from East to West, from North to South.

I wanted to display an intimate view on these women as through a kaleidoscope of individual diversity. I used a variety of media in order to get as close as I could to my subject, through my personal approach in photography, interviewing, creating audio-recordings and filming fragments of the lives of my subjects, with which I followed them up-close throughout the years until well into 2008. I collected the entire mobile photography archives of three of the women at the time, Instagram as yet didn’t exist! The ensemble of images and interviews gives a personal report from within the private lives of these women.

About the Artist
Iles Frech is a visual artist, filmmaker and documentary photographer Ilse Frech (1972, Amsterdam) is of Dutch-Macedonian descent. She studied Photography (1990-94) at the Royal Academy of Art – KABK, The Hague. Obtained a Master of Arts HES-SO in Fine Arts and Contemporary Artistic Practices, Major Work.Master at HEAD – Genève, the Swiss University of Art and Design (2011-13). By then working internationally since 1995.

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