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Melanie Manchot talk at Manchester Art Gallery, 1 November, 7-9 PM

November 1, 2012

Redeye in collaboration with Manchester Art Gallery is delighted to welcome Melanie Manchot for the first in a series of three Thursday evening talks, running alongside the current photographic exhibition, Focal Points.

Melanie Manchot studied at New York University before completing her MFA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, London in 1992. Working with photography, video, film and sound her practice explores performative and participatory situations, often in relation to public space. The work is located at the threshold between the documentary and staged events, looking at individuals in relation to communities or collective experiences.
Image copyright Melanie Manchot
Manchot has exhibited widely with recent solo shows at The Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2009 and 2010; Goff and Rosenthal, New York, 2007 and Galerie m, Bochum, Germany, 2007 and 2011. She has participated in numerous biennales, such as 52nd La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, 2007; Thessaloniki Biennale and Istanbul Biennale both 2009.
“Manchot’s fascination is with the way people behave in public spaces – the way we are by turns in a world of our own and intensely self-conscious and aware of others. Working through the medium of photography – using both the still image and moving (though often locked) video camera – she invites people, usually strangers, to do something in front of her camera in a public space. It might be an invitation to kiss Manchot, to undress, to be naked, or to stand in a public place or in front of their home. She makes her creative intentions explicit and the would-be subjects are free to decline since willing participation is a requisite of her practice. The set-ups themselves are orchestrated and then the subjects enter the space to do what they do. It’s at once a highly controlled and a fluid process. Manchot doesn’t make presumptions as to why her subjects agree to participate. Perhaps it’s a degree of exhibitionism, of curiosity, of attraction or trust. Perhaps it’s just that this tall, beautiful serious-minded woman with a hint of Jane Fonda in the smile is hard to resist. But what is clear, even in the title of the 1999 kissing series, For a moment between strangers, is that artist is participating and observing, using the camera to record and distance herself from what she’s set in motion.”
– Sophie Balhetchet, Hotshoe Magazine, February 2010
Ticket prices as follows:
Standard: £8
Concession (student or unwaged) £6
Redeye member £4
For booking please click here.
Thursday, 1 November, 7-9 PM, ticketed event
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