Melanie Manchot

Melanie Manchot, 11-18 (Year 3)

Melanie Manchot, 11-18 (Year 3)

about the work

Produced over the course of seven years, Manchot’s ’11/18′ is a nine-channel video installation, composed of edited footage collected from filming the same person every month for the duration of one minute, recording her countenance between the ages of eleven and eighteen. Employing the restricted palette of a studio portrait and filming on analogue Super8 filmstock the work becomes an enquiry into time, duration and commitment.

Investigating the boundaries between documentary and fiction, ’11/18′ comes forth as a study on the notion of subjectivity, where its constituting parts surface as gestures and mimicry. The portraits fade in and out, displaying the changes that Manchot’s subject has gone through, as her appearance and ways of relating to the camera alters. Manchot’s subject responds to the camera and to the process of forming images of herself, different versions of being and becoming.

’11/18′ thus emerges as an enquiry into identity and character, the constructed nature of personhood and proposes that the camera is complicit, a tool and an agent in the presentation and representation of self. The person portrayed in ‘11/18’ is Manchot’s daughter.

about the artist

Melanie Manchot is a London based visual artist who works with photography, film and video as a performative and participatory practice. 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 on-going enquiry into personhood and its representations.

The practice operates on the threshold of choreography and observation, of documentary modes and staged scenarios or performances – working with an economy of gestures to articulate relations orchestrated by and around the camera.

Manchot’s work has been shown nationally and internationally including exhibitions at Hayward Gallery, London; Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; Bloomberg Space, London; The Whitechapel Gallery, London; MacVal, Musee d’Art Contemporain, Paris; The Photographers Gallery, London; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Australian Museum of Photography, Sydney; The Courtauld Institute, London;  Museum Folkwang, Essen and as part of Nuit Blanche, Paris.  She is the recipient of many awards including the Oriel Davies Award 2012.

Manchot received her MA in Fine Art Photography from the Royal Collge of Art in 1992. Until 2005, she was a lecturerer at many UK art colleges including Goldmsiths Collge, London, The University of the Arts, London and she continues to contribute to conferences and symposia internationally.


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