Artist from Venezuela based in Paris

Winner of Photo Folio Review Prize 2022 (Rencontres d'Arles)

Founder of La.ima.: social impact project that innovates the transmission and pedagogy of photography

Her practice

An essentially multidisciplinary artist, Oleñka Carrasco experiments and questions photography, writing, drawing and performance to address themes that are always closely related to her intimate experience. Poetry is never absent from this process of exploration: it is the backbone of her projects.

Her exhibitions are immersive experiences, photographic installations similar to true inner journeys, which awaken powerful emotions in the audience by putting them in the presence of themselves or by taking a demanding look at a social reality that she intends to make visible.

Her educational background

After graduating in Literature at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, she obtained a Master’s degree in Humanities, specializing in interpretation and dance theory, at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain.

Since 2015, she has been studying artistic photography and fine arts in Paris.

In 2022, she was one of the 7 selected to follow the Professional Mentorship program at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Photographie d’Arles with Susan Meiselas, Gilles Saussier and Pierre Leguillon, for her work with photographic archives and memory.

Portrait Oleñka Carrasco ©Andreina Mujica
Olenka Carrasco-Winner-Photo Folio Review Rencontres Arles

Prizes and recognitions

2024: Shortlisted. PATRIA. The Eyes Publishing. APhF Pick:24 Book Award.

2023: Winner of the Open Call Rencontres Photographiques du 10e. Paris, France.

2022: Winner of the Photo Folio Review award at the Rencontres d’Arles. Her work Maison prêtée pour un deuil will be part of the official selection of the Festival in 2023. France.

2022 : Shortlisted. The dummy of the book Maison prêtée pour un deuil finalist of the Rencontres Luma Dummy Book Award and has been exhibited with the other 9 finalists at the Rencontres d’Arles 2022. France.

2022: Winner Open Call Híbridos y Rupturas. Cali Foto Fest. Cali, Colombia.

2022: Shortlisted of the Open Call. Gibellina Photo Road. Sicily, Italy.

2015: Shortlisted. Letters from Paris. Dummy nominated for the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award and shortlisted among the 9 finalists. Exhibited at the Rencontres Internationales d’Arles in 2015. France.

2014: Historias Analógicas Extraordinarias. Jury Prize for the whole work. Salon des arts, Toulouse, France.

Oleñka Carrasco - Rencontres Arles Exhibition 2023
Afiche RP10 ©Oleñka Carrasco
Affiche Rencontres Arles 2023
Oleñka Carrasco - Rencontres Arles Exposition 2023

Exhibitions (SOLO)

June 2024: (RESIDENCY Final Show) Project: Nous, rêves, nous sommes !
Maison Hestia. La Garenne-Colombes, France.

May 2024: PATRIA. Chapter I and Performance. Studio Florída. Genova, Italy.
Invited by the Department of Modern Literature of Genova University to the Congress “Il Foto Testo (Auto) Biografico :  Confini é trauma”.

Juillet 2023 : PATRIA. Rencontres d’Arles, France.

November 2022 : La liste de Prénoms. Espace Cariño. Paris, France.

Novembre 2022 : La liste de Prénoms. Sist’her. Paris, France.

Septembre / Octobre 2022 : Le cimetière des vivants. Iris Arles Galerie. Arles, France.

2021 : Le cimetière des vivants. Médiathèque Edmond Rostand (Fonds Photo). Paris, France.

2019 : La liste de Prénoms. Mairie du 2ème arrondissement. Paris, France.

2017 : La liste de Prénoms. Maison des Femmes de Montreuil. France

2013 : Histoires Analogiques Extraordinaires. Lomography Gallery Madrid, Spain.

Exhibitions (Groups)

4th July 2024: Ecofeminist Performance Le Tourbillon à la table. Under a Carte Blanche of LeBIR, for La.ima. with the artists: Clémence Vazard, Elsa Leydier and the curators Ioana Mello, Marie Guillemen. Arles, France.

1th June 2024: AnArchipel. Monumental Light Sculpture with the artists Sara Campo and Mon Ross. Screening and performance of S A L I T R E (work in progress). Nuit Blanche Paris. Les Arches Citoyennes. Paris France.

September 2023: PATRIA. Chapter 1: House on loan for a grief. Rencontres Photographiques du 10e. Paris, France.
Artistic direction: Collectif Fétart. Curator: Emmanuelle Halkin. With the artists: Juliette Alhmah, Julien Bonnaire & Antoinette Giret, Oleñka Carrasco, Bastien Deschamps, Souleymane Bachir Diaw, Adrien Selbert, Rebecca Topakian, Anthony Voisin.

June 2022 : Le cimetière des vivants. Invernario. Festival Fotografia Europea OFF. Reggio Emilia, Italy.

May 2022 : Restitution Mentorat. ENSP. Arles, France.

2021 : S’écouler Performance with Lucía Sanchez Napal. Point Ephémère. Paris, France.

2021 : La multiplicité de l’autofragmentationBiennale d’Art contemporain Campagn’ART. Parisot, France.

2020 : Simbiosis. Exhibition and Performance with Lucía Sanchez Napal. Point Ephémère. Paris, France.

2020 : La liste de Prénoms. Exposition L’Amour et la violence. MPAA, Breguet. Paris, France.

2019 : La liste de Prénoms. Exposition Sorcières d’aujourd’hui. MPAA, Breguet. Paris, France.

2019 : Le cimetière des vivants. Vedere Parole :Mostra Internazionale dell libro d’artista. Rossano, Italie

2019 : Le cimetière des vivants. Parcours Voies Off, Rencontres Arles.
La Casa de la Tapicera, with Nía Diedla.

2018 : La liste de Prénoms. 3 jours 1 femme, with Camille Gharbi and Arianna Sanesi.  Galerie L’Aberrante, Montpellier, France.

2018 : La liste de Prénoms. Symposium PhotoTexte engagée. MSH-CNRS Paris.

2017 : La liste de Prénoms. Performance 25 Nov, Place de la République. Paris

2015 : La Multiplicité de l’autofragmention. Immix Gallery. Paris, France.

2015 : Lettres de Paris. Rencontres Photographiques du 10ème 2015. Paris, France.

2013: Histoires Analogiques Extraordinaires. Exhibited in Salon des Arts de Saint-Jory.

Il fototesto (auto) biografico_Afiche
Covers of PATRIA, Oleñka Carrasco's Photobook


2023 : PATRIA. Chapter I and II. The Eyes Publishing. Paris, France.

2021 : Le cimetière des vivants. Self Published. 2º edition. Sold out.

2019 : Le cimetière des vivants. Self Published. 1st edition. Sold out.

2018 : La Latitud de los pasos. Ediciones Casiopea. Espagne.

2017 : La Nostalgia es una revuelta. Tigres de Papel. Espagne. Nominated to Prix Livre Photo-Texte de l’Année (“Photo-Text Book Prize of the Year”) and exhibited at Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles, 2017.

2015 : Lettres de Paris. Dummy. Shorlisted to the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award and exhibited in Rencontres d’Arles, France. (Looking for publisher)

Teaching, a passion

Oleñka has a historic link with public education. With over 10 years’ experience teaching Hispanic culture in the French National Education system, Grandes Écoles (Commerce, Engineering) or Universities (Cergy-Pontoise), since 2016 she has been passing on her knowledge of photography to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Between 2017 and 2019, she created photographic workshops for the Association Parole de Photographes, focused on educating the eye in nursery and elementary schools in Paris. At the same time, in 2017, she and Bruno Dubreuil created their first training structure: Imago Factory, a space for artistic exploration around photographic projects in Paris.

In 2021, she decided to create her own structure La.ima. : Laboratoire transatlantique de créations & d’images, an inclusive, intergenerational school to support and professionalize photographers women, non-binary, LGTBQIA+, by re-thinking, re-creating and experimenting with images and photography through a gender lens.

This project is considered to have a societal impact and was supported in its start-up by the EmpowHer network and the 93 Femmes du 6B program.

Interview Oleñka (avalaible in french) : Vidéo

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Research director / Co-Curator

Affiche Expo Le fil des noeuds de La.ima. 2023


La chair du tourbillon
Research direction and artistic conception.

Group exhibition La.ima. Curated by Ioana Mello

With the artists: Daniela Balestrin, Jennifer Cabral, Alessandra França, Franklin García, Stéphanie Kowalski, Laurence Lebon, Simone Marinho, Flavia Raddavero, Marilene Ribero, Bella Tozini, Mezli Vega Osorno.
From 05th / 11th june 2024.
Location: Les Arches Citoyennes. 75004. Paris.

Press review (FR)


Le fil des noeuds
Research direction and artistic conception.

Group exhibition La.ima. Curated by Ioana Mello

With the artists: Bruna Azevedo, Stéphanie Kowalski, Laurence Lebon, Anne-Marie Rodriguez.
From 10th june – 29th july 2023.
Location: Fonds Photo. Médiathèque Edmond Rostand. 75017. Paris.


À la recherche du corps perdu.
Conceived and curated.

Group exhibition. La.ima.
With the artists: Flora Nguyen, Stéphanie Kowalski, Stéphanie Knibbe, Anne-Marie Rodriguez, Bruna Azevedo, Laurence Lebon, Françoise Constant, Christelle Boulin, Gloria Karayel.

From 11th june – 29th august 2022.
Location: Fonds Photo. Médiathèque Edmond Rostand. 75017. Paris.


©Oleñka Carrasco. ADAGP. 2024. (All diffusion and exhibitions rights: Request)



Studio: Les Arches Citoyennes. 75004. Paris, France.

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