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b. 1966, Germany

Melanie Manchot Biography

'Photography is the backbone to everything I do and to how I think visually. I would suggest that most of my moving-image works, whether film or video, are strongly informed by photography - conceptually, aesthetically, in terms of their sense of time and duration. Cameras, whether still or moving, are crucial devices shaping the construction of the work. To me, cameras are not simply machines that generate the images I wish to make; more importantly, they are an organizing principle, an apparatus that becomes part of a set of relations I wish to create.'

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Melanie Manchot's diverse and research-driven practice employs photography, video, film and sound. Her long-standing areas of enquiry range from portraiture to participation and performance, to questions of individual and collective identities, and to the exploration of the very particular socio-economic and ecological microclimate of a specific alpine mountain and its community. Situated at the threshold between the documentary and staged events, Manchot's work frequently involves an engagement with strangers.

Manchot's methodology is based on processes of exchange, contribution and collaboration, often involving groups or communities and creating expanded portraits of people, both their individual and social selves. The work thereby poses '... a series of related questions on how visual art might form a dialogue on notions of personhood, and how I might contribute to the ongoing investigations into different theories of the self.'

Manchot first came to prominence in the 1990s for a groundbreaking series of naked photographic portraits of her mother. When first exhibited the works received widespread attention and contributed to a growing debate around the representation of women, age and contested notions of body politics. Since 2000 Manchot has increasingly incorporated film and video installation in her work with the frame of reference expanding to include archive film, experimental film and cinematic history.

Recent projects include the multi-channel video installations Twelve (2015), an exploration of lives spent in addiction and recovery, and 11/18 (2015) a nine-screen durational studio portrait, seven years in the making, which enquires into the nature of time, duration and commitment. Out of Bounds (2016), a cinematic two-part installation shot in the Swiss Alps is part of an ongoing engagement with the landscape, culture and people of the village of Engelberg, a well known winter sports venue.

Since 1997 Melanie Manchot (born 1966, Witten, Germany) has exhibited internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2016), Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth (2016), fig-2 at the ICA, London (2015), Galerie M, Bochum (2015), the Toronto Photography Festival (2012), Nuit Blanche, Paris (2011) and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2010). Important group exhibitions include the Marl Media Arts Awards at the Museum Marl, Germany (2016), Group Therapy, FACT, Liverpool (2015), Welde Art Award, Stadtgalerie Mannheim (2014), The Rhythm Is..., Museum Folkwang, Essen (2014), Situations, Musee d'Art Contemporaine, Paris (2012), Wunder, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2011), the New Forest Pavilion at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia (2007) and Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum, New York (2007). Her work is included in important public and private collections including the Arts Council Collection, London, FMAC, Fonds Municipal d'Art Contemporain, Paris and the Brooklyn Museum, New York. The artist lives and works in London.

Melanie Manchot Featured Artworks

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Cadence by Melanie Manchot contemporary artwork
Melanie ManchotCadence, 20184K video, silent, 4 mins 11 secs
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Traces by Melanie Manchot contemporary artwork
Melanie ManchotTraces, 2017C-print
100 x 150 cm
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The Lake by Melanie Manchot contemporary artwork
Melanie ManchotThe Lake, 2017C-print
80 x 120 cm
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Cold Blood by Melanie Manchot contemporary artwork
Melanie ManchotCold Blood, 2018C-print
80 x 120 cm
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Above/Below by Melanie Manchot contemporary artwork
Melanie ManchotAbove/Below, 2017C-print
80 x 120 cm
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Melanie Manchot Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Melanie Manchot, White Light Black Snow at Parafin, London
27 September–17 November 2018 Melanie Manchot White Light Black Snow Parafin, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Transient Space at Parafin, London
21 July–16 September 2017 Group Exhibition Transient Space Parafin, London

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Melanie Manchot In Related Press

Transient Space review – tales of the city Related Press Transient Space review – tales of the city 13 August 2017, The Guardian

You are in a multistorey car park. You don’t know where your car is. It must be in one of the four corners, on one of the seven levels, by one of those numberless pillars. But they all look the same. You can’t leave without the car and you cannot find it in the concrete labyrinth. This is the modern city. The familiar scenario is brilliantly...

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Meditative Video Portraits Composed Over Time Related Press Meditative Video Portraits Composed Over Time 6 July 2016, Hyperallergic

Eastbourne, UK — When artist Melanie Manchot started making work in the 1990s, she was deeply influenced by gender and feminist theories. Her most well-known series from that period consists of photographs depicting her naked mother in different locations, often placed against imposing natural landscapes. Since then, Manchot's work has...

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