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Melanie Manchot 

Pronouns: she/her

Born: Witten, Germany 

Home: London, UK

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Visual Art Critique: a detailed analysis and evaluation of an artist's work. (allows for social & critical discourse, analysis, interpretation, and artist direction, provides exposure to contemporary art history, yields artist networks, collaborations and relationships).

Small Group Seminars: provide participants with a supportive, inclusive and creative environment to engage with various artforms, encouraging positive social interaction, a strong sense of community, and artistic expression of each individual.

Artist's Statement

Melanie Manchot is a London based visual artist who works with photography, film, video and sound as a participatory practice that foregrounds situated and relational processes. Her projects often explore specific sites, public spaces or particular communities in order to locate notions of individual and collective identities. The mutability of subjectivity as well as the agency of the camera in creating a set of relations are key interests within Manchot’s ongoing enquiry into personhood and its representations. The practice operates on the threshold of choreography and observation, of documentary modes and staged scenarios or events – working with an economy of gestures to articulate relations orchestrated by and around the camera. Her projects often position the camera as an organising principle in which the production of situations and relations occurs alongside the production of images. Through a commission from Liverpool Biennial, Manchot is in mid-production for her first long-form narrative film which will take both the form of a feature film for cinematic distribution and a multi-channel installation for gallery and museum presentation. The film is made with a group of recovering addicts who have been developing the project with Manchot over the past two years. The film incorporates many of Manchot current and on-going research interests but explores these for the first time through narrative fiction.

Bio

Born in Witten, Germany in 1966, Manchot studied in New York at New York University (1988–1989) before moving to London to continue her studies at City University (MA in Art & Education before completing her MA in Fine Art/Photography at the Royal College of Art (1990-1992). From 1992 until 2005 Manchot was a lecturer at various institutions including Goldsmiths College of ArtCentral St MartinsLondon College of Communication and Middlesex University. Her methodology is based around participatory processes, often involving groups or communities and creating expanded portraits of people, which enquire into ideas of individual and collective personhood. Manchot's work has been widely exhibited in galleries, museums and film festivals internationally. Notable solo exhibitions include a survey show Open Ended Now at Museum MAC/VAL Paris (2018/2019) and Centre d’art Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland (2019); Mountainworks at Museum Lumen (2021) Italy; White Light Black Snow, Parafin London (2018); Art Night, London (2017), Fig-2 at ICA, London (2015); Celebration (Cyprus Street), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010); Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Oregon; Moscow Girls und  Andere Geschichten, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin (2006). Manchot is a trustee of The Whitechapel Gallery and sat on the board of The Photographers' Gallery, London (2011-2019). In 2020, Manchot was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society, Bristol. She is currently in production of her first feature film, commissioned by Liverpool Biennial.

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