Melanie Manchot is a London-based artist who explores portraiture as a performative and participatory practice. Working with photography, ﬁlm and video, her projects often propose constructed events or situations in public spaces and form engaging explorations into our individual and collective identities.
In 2009, Manchot presented ‘Celebration Studio’ at The Street, an off-site project by the Whitechapel Gallery, London. This was the first part of her commission with Film and Video Umbrella, and was a development towards ‘Celebration’, a major exhibition that was subsequently staged at the Whitechapel Gallery in early 2010. ‘Celebration’ is a work that is exemplary of Manchot’s interest in collective identities, focusing on street festivals in East London, and the way that these exist in the memory of local communities there.
Manchot’s work has been exhibited internationally, with solo presentations at Haus Am Waldsee, Berlin; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Focalpoint Gallery, Southend-on-Sea; Kunsthaus Mettmann, Duesseldorf; and Cornerhouse, Manchester. She has contributed to numerous group exhibitions, including the 52nd Venice Biennale and the first Moscow Biennale.
Manchot is represented by Goff + Rosenthal, New York.