Ailen was born in Havana, Cuba in 1984 and graduated from the Higher Institute of Design (ISDi) of Havana as a graphic designer in 2007.

I think my work tries to find an answer to my own doubts, concerns, in some cases moments or situations of pain, it is a way of channeling all this. It can be a type of therapy. And I have also gone through the memories with some of these images.


Performing photography is the main medium that I have used so far to talk about my experiences as a woman, mother, daughter and wife. My work is self-referential at all times, either through my body or with the use of other elements that reflect these experiences. I am interested in talking about life as a process, about pain, loneliness, relationships, spirituality, the body as a container of all this and the emotions that may involve.

I try to make it an image that is at times similar to a documentary but in reality, it is constructed and performance based.


I don't think I have a visual language of my own yet. But in my last works I have tried to build an image that is a story in itself.


My nouns: memory, life, light 

My verbs: pain and pleasure 

My subject the female body and all the objects of the house.

- Ailen Maleta

Her work has been exhibited in Cuba and the United States.

Ailen lives and works in Havana, Cuba.

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