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Art Fairs — 2021

Parafin is delighted to be participating in LOOP Barcelona showing Melanie Manchot's multi-chanel video installation 11/18 (2015).


Produced over seven years, Melanie 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 film stock 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, as if she is responding to someone familiar and to something uncanny. '11/18', thus emerges as a quest for identity and character, whilst pronouncing its inexplicable and ever-changing nature. It has been exhibited as part of the fig.2 programme at the ICA, London, and in solo exhibitions at the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, Galerie M, Bochum, and MAC/VAL, Paris.

LOOP Barcelona

Melanie Manchot

16 – 18 November 2021


Selected Works

Melanie Manchot


Since 1997 Melanie Manchot has exhibited internationally. Manchot’s diverse and research-driven practice employs a range of media including performance, photography, video, film and sound. Her long-standing areas of enquiry range from portraiture to participation, and to questions of individual and collective identities. Situated at the threshold between the documentary and staged events, Manchot’s work frequently involves an engagement with strangers.


Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Mountainworks’, BTV Stadtforum, Innsbruck (2019), ‘Open Ended Now’, Centre PasquArt, Biel, Switzerland (2019), ‘Open Ended Now’, MAC/VAL, Paris, France (2018), ‘White Light Black Snow’, Parafin, London, UK (2018), Dance ‘Dance (All Night, London)’, Art Night, London (2017), ‘People Places Propositions’, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2016), ‘11/18’, fig-2 at the ICA, London (2015), ‘Dance (All Night, Paris)’, Nuit Blanche, Paris (2011) and ‘Celebration (Cyprus Street)’, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010). Important recent group exhibitions include ‘Actions’, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2017), the Marl Media Arts Awards at Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, Germany (2016), ‘Group Therapy’, FACT, Liverpool (2015), ‘The Rhythm Is...’, Museum Folkwang, Essen (2014), ‘Situations’, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Paris (2012), ‘Wunder’, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2011), and ‘Global Feminisms’ at the Brooklyn Museum, New York (2007). Manchot’s work is included in important public and private collections including the Arts Council Collection, London, FMAC, Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain, Paris and the Brooklyn Museum, New York.


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