MAKI OCHOA (Caracas, 1991. Lives and works in Milan, Italy)
After obtaining a Bachelor Degree in Communications at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello de Caracas (UCAB), she attends the Master in Photography and Visual Design of the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano (NABA). Between 2013 and 2014 she directs the documentary La Sirena, a reflection on architectural heritage and cultural memory of the Paraguaná peninsula, in Venezuela. She also collaborates as the official photographer of La Guarimba International Film Festival, a cultural reform project developed in Calabria, Italy. In 2016 she works as an assistant for Italian artist Alessandro Sambini and is selected as one of the 21 participants of the Viafarini Academy Awards, a training program addressed to emergent artists and curators. In 2017 she exhibits her project “Portraits in Sweden” at the exhibition Vång. Photography, Archaeology, Landscapes at the Kulturcentrum of Ronneby, Sweden. From 2016 to 2018 she works as an assistant in the Milanese gallery Viasaterna Arte Contemporanea, where she develops numerous exhibitions, fairs and special projects such as Casino Palermo, an artist residency hosted by the gallery in Palermo, in occasion of Manifesta 12. In 2017 she founds Studio YEMA, a multidisciplinary studio formed by artists, photographers, architects and carpenters. In 2018 she creates Quickie Scenes, an artistic duo that faces erotism with irony and humor. Her photographic work foresees a specific orientation towards research photography, focusing particularly on themes related to history and memory.