Group 2

Irina Ionesco

Irina Ionesco, born in Paris, was separated from her parents as a child and grew up with relatives in Romania.

As an adult, she returned to Paris and began painting and photographing. Many of Ionesco’s subjects are erotic renderings of women. The exhibition Eloge de Ma Fille, Ionesco’s breakthrough, was shown at the Nikon Gallery in Paris in 1974. Ionesco was harshly criticised for this tribute to her daughter, Eva, aged between 5 and 10, since the photographs were considered to be child pornography. Irina Ionesco has published some 20 photo books.

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