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Photography (MA)

Selina Naouma

Selina Naouma, born in Berlin in 1995, is a greek-austrian, multidisciplinary, feminist artist. She plays and experiments with ideas of entanglement of the universe, the embodiment of identity, and intra-action with the Intimate and the Other. 

Her work varies from photography to animation, moving image to sculpture. Somewhere between attraction and disgust, birth and decay, reality and fantasy, she creates colourfully sinister imaginings that question existing power structures and belief systems in contemporary society. 

Selina first studied architecture at the Technical University of Berlin and obtained a BA in visual communication at the University of Applied Sciences Europe, Berlin. Currently living in London, she recently completed an MA in photography at the Royal College of Art.

Her work has appeared in publications such as Finders Magazine and NYC unseen Postcards as well as in the exhibitions 'Glück im Ohr' (Pinker Panzer, Berlin 2018), 'City of the Blind' (BTK Gallery, Berlin 2019) and 'Monster in You' (Goethe Institute, Hanoi 2019)

Upcoming Exhibitions:

01 - 27 June, 'The Body: Figure and Flesh' (FLOOR Gallery, Seoul, KOR)

15 - 20 June, 'The Unseen' by Rankin Creative (Quantus Gallery, London, UK)

25 - 30 June, 'RCA Graduate Show, 2022' (Royal College of Art, London, UK)

15 - 19 August, 'After The Waiting Room' (Copeland Gallery, London, UK)

15 - 18 September - 'HAUTE Photographie', (Museum Square, Amsterdam, NL)

Show Location: Battersea campus: Dyson & Woo Buildings, First floor

“We are entangled, intertwined beings.

Joined separate entities that reshape one

another constantly. We don’t start as singularities;

we emerge from our interactions and relations

with each other and our surroundings.”

(Karen Barad)

Entangled Matter: The Morphlings came to life with my exploration into quantum physics and the idea that everything in this universe is basically made of the same matter. Different structures, molecular constellations, and speeds of vibration, but at its basis, it is all atoms and at its core, energy...

Most people think of themselves as a finite, solid, individual body, but not only are we actually an atomic structure, our vibrations form into around ten thousand species of different organisms that make up our physical being. 

So, what can really be considered the nature of what we call " - human matter”? 

Working with AI programs and animation I created these synthesised new specimens, merging Human, Animal and Artificial Matter.

Re-imagining a sort of trans-ontological cosmos with interspecies entanglement and a vision of a new hybrid ecosystem in relation to entities that escape categorical definition. Like an optimistic view of a parallel future, a landscape free of certainty and overgrown with the possibility of relearning and redefining our relationship with nature and one another.

In this crossover of fantasy, scientific technique, and social practice, I aim to address the problem of our tendency to conceive of our species as unique and distinct from other forms of life. These elusive, fantastic beings expand notions of non-human intelligence and interspecies entanglement. The piece questions power relations, gender, Identity and environmental and resource inequality.

Let The Morphlings allow you too to experience a world in which humans are part, but no longer the centre.