Melanie Manchot

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.


The Choirs

November 2017
Melanie Manchot's residency at North West Cambridge culminated in a performance of unusual choirs in the Concert Hall of the newly opened Community Centre at Eddington. A rap choir, a drama choir, a pagan choir and a clown choir joined voices and gestures to perform a translation of four 'scores' created from cross-disciplinary talks with Cambridge University post doc…


Melanie Manchot: Cross Talk 2 and 3

Jan 23rd 2017
Cross Talk 2 and 3

Melanie Manchot

Nov 21st 2016



Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Melanie Manchot

July 2016 to June 2017




Artist Melanie Manchot is looking for people from all walks of life to be participants in her new artwork.

Oct 03rd 2017
She invites people of all ages and backgrounds to join three ‘unconventional’ choirs for a performance piece to be prese…

New Artist-in-Residence Appointed for the Development

Sep 13th 2016
A new artist has been appointed for the fourth year of the Habitation Artist Residency programme of the North West Cambr…


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