Born in 1978, Ambinintsoa Andrianjakarivel better known as Ambi lives and works in France between Marseille and Aix-en Provence. She received both her bachelors and masters degrees in the Visual Arts from Aix-en-Provence.

 

Through her burnt paper works, AMBI explores the duality of Antemoro paper (indigenous paper made from crushed tree bark) as a medium for creativity and as an essential document to identify foreign travellers. The traces of fire reflect AMBI's battle scars and her struggle to integrate as an artist in France. Fascinated by fire since childhood, it is an element viewed by AMBI as a productive and positive agent rather than a destructive force. For AMBI, fire represents Madagascar - its climate and its people, the heat - a metaphor for the bonds of friendship and the wellbeing of others.