Aliki Braine

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VIDEO: Aliki Braine likens her use of an ordinary hole punch on her negatives to that of a painter using a brush on canvas.

VIDEO: Aliki Braine likens her use of an ordinary hole punch on her negatives to that of a painter using a brush on canvas.

VIDEO: Aliki Braine likens her use of an ordinary hole punch on her negatives to that of a painter using a brush on canvas.

Aliki Braine works as both an artist and lecturer. Having studied for her BFA in Fine Art at Ruskin School, Oxford University followed by an MA at The Slade School of Fine Art Aliki then went to the Courtauld Institute to do an MA in the History of Art. This grounding in both the practice and theory of art is combined in her work as she draws upon the recurrent theme of the painted landscape.

Aliki is interested in how a photograph can be transformed into an object and uses destructive techniques to disrupt her otherwise pastoral landscape images. Often cutting, drawing with ink or punching holes into the negative her violation of the pristine surface of the photograph forces the viewer to look towards the texture of the photographic paper and opens up a new understanding of the photographic process and image making. For Aliki the hole puncher acts in much the same way as a painter's brush, enabling her to make a mark on her photographic canvas.

Aliki has exhibited widely including in London, Paris, Lisbon and Madrid. In 2006 her work was selected for a major photography group show, "The Living's Easy", at Flowers East, London along side work by Yto Barrada, Edward Burtynsky, Justin Coombes and Max Kandhola. Recently her series "The Hunt" was shown at the Galerie Raum mit Licht in Vienna, Austria. In 2006 she had a solo show with Dessine moi un arbre at the Jerwood Space, London and in 2007 her work was shown in a solo show at the Fruela Gallery in Madrid, Spain.

Her work is held in private collections including that of Simmons & Simmons, who commissioned her to create a special body of work entitled "Project Midriff".

Aliki was selected to take part in the National Gallery's "Be Inspired" series, where she introduced visitors to Philips Koninck's 'An Extensive Landscape with a Road by a River' and also gives talks on specific paintings for the Gallery's monthly lunchtime talks. Aliki also teaches at The Slade Summer School and runs tours of the London galleries for private and corporate clients.

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