First solo exhibition of Melanie Manchot's work in France
‘Open Ended Now’ is the first major monographic show of Melanie Manchot’s work in France and looks back at 20 years of work through a selection of key video installations and a number of photographic series produced between 1998 and 2018. The show will also include a new commission produced over the course of the exhibition.
‘Open Ended Now’ is at MAC VAL, Paris, from 20 October 2018 – 24 February 2019 and will be accompanied by a new monograph.
For further information please visit www.macval.fr.
Since the end of the 1990s, the relationships and tensions between individuals and the community have been at the core of Melanie Manchot’s practice. As a German artist based in London and working internationally, Manchot adopts an open, generous and original point of view on the world and the relationship of individuals to the group. Her work also explores the relationship of the (social) body to (public) space. Rooted in meticulous, documentary-like observation, her practice explores various movements – exchanges, gestures – between individual subjectivities and group spaces. Her photographic and video works play with the codes of art history and cinema while questioning the frontiers and possible transgressions between reality and fiction.
Through her work with concepts of portraiture, Manchot has developed a unique sensitivity to people’s relationships to their environments. Using often performative processes, she stages situations conducive to the encounter of unknown people and marginal communities in places that act as indicators of political, social, spatial and institutional reality. The artist is interested in the transgression of the codes of the public and private sphere, sometimes creating situations in which an intimate gesture – kissing, caressing, undressing, sleeping - is performed in public. The group portraits in which she studies, reinterprets, gathers or reproduces public rituals (gatherings, protests, marches, dances, parties) foster the constitution and affirmation of a common social body as well as notions of exchange and community.
Like the snapshot of a society in constant evolution, the work of Melanie Manchot reveals the idea of a possible harmony between differences and diversities.
Aubrey Williams solo exhibition at October Gallery, London
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One of William’s major paintings, Carib Guyana, has been on show in WBS at the Shard in London. It has recently been brought back to campus to go on display here during the autumn term.
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