Magali Paulin is a French photographer who graduated with an MFA from the French National School of Photography in Arles, France. She considers photography like a space of potential personal fictions, where she can combine documentary approaches, spontaneous captures and staged photographs. Her creole origins put her interests towards insular territories - such as the West Indies islands, Guadeloupe or Martinique, but also around the world with Mauritius Island for example. Her approach of the medium is highly influenced by postcolonial literature and criticism, as she considers her photography as a process of combination, a way of "creolizing" the representation by mixing miscellaneous fragments of reality.
The expression Noutéka is a creole quotation from the famous book Texaco written by the Martinican author Patrick Chamoiseau. Noutéka refers to the migration of the ancient slaves across the jungle and hills of Martinique after the abolition of slavery.
The noutéka is a collective act of freedom by appropriating the space and landscapes of the island. I’ve travelled through the French Caribbean islands for the first time in 2016 at the age of 30, going to meet a part of my own family and history for the first time. This work is an intimate journey across the archipelago between experience and fantasy that draws the edge of a personal territory.