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Born 1966 Germany, Melanie Manchot lives and works in London. Graduated from New York University (1989); MA in Arts & Education, City University London (1990); and MFA in Photography, Royal College of Art, London (1992).
Melanie Manchot employs photography, film, video and sound to form a sustained enquiry into how we form ideas about our individual and collective identities. Performance-to-camera, reconstruction and participation as well as location-based research are recurring methodologies. One ongoing concern is her engagement with mountainous landscapes as significant topographies to reflect upon our place in the world. Moving image works, both single screen and multi-channel installations, operate on the cross section of documentary and staged events to investigate how fact, fiction, narrative and observation offer strategies for speaking about our shifting place in an increasingly mediated world.
Her work is held in private and public collections including Arts Council Collection; Staedtische Gallery Wolfsburg; Portland Art Museum.
Selected exhibitions include Mountainworks (Montafon), InnSitu, Innsbruck (2019); Open Stage/Back Stage, Kunsthaus Pasquart, Bienne (2019); Open Ended Now, MAC VAL, Paris (2018); People Places Propositions, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2016); fig-2, ICA, London, (2015); The Continuous Still, Toronto Photography Festival (2012); Nuit Blanche, Paris (2011); Videonale 13, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn (2011); and Celebration (Cyprus Street), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2010).
Awards include Arts Council of England Grant (2004), and British Council Travel Grant (2005).
Last updated: 09.03.2021