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2017 / 1st edition
Limited of 100

50 photographs
82 pages
21×21 cm
Hardcover, perfect binding

Euro €29.50



Mélanie Desriaux observes Man and the vernacular; otherness. Especially, the wild as a conquest of the real. Her work bears reference to that particular history which links photography and exploration. She suggests that, in an age where everything has been charted, every frontier has been crossed, the only discovery left is inside the image itself. Going towards unknown, crossing borders, to find a visible limit and increase a point a view, are her goals. Then, she begins stories, she documents within an elliptical shape.

Her approach is contemplative. She looks intensively to find into the world an image – images – of what she feels into herself. Taking the road it’s looking for the wild, it’s changing landmarks and customs, it’s re-evaluating perceptions, it’s facing one’s fear to reveal the outlines of what limits us. So, the expedition raises metaphysical stakes, political and environmental reflections, and the journey takes on an unexpected thickness.

On Ré island, there is the detention center where are incarcereted the longest sentences of France. In Saint-Martin, one cell is equal to 6m². However, some of them express strongly realities of life – dreamed or lived – and the prison reality. Inside this floating zone, each object, each image, tries to drown walls. Photography is trying to put off boundaries of the document. So, to take the road on this territory of exile is to measure the meaning of penitence. The photographic work becomes the place of an interrogation on manufacturing process; a passage from the document to fiction. On one side as on the other – on the wire – each gesture defines a link to reality and the way in wich Man inhabits the real.



Born in 1981 in La Rochelle, Mélanie Desriaux lives and works in France. She graduated from the School of Fine Arts (Rennes, France, 2006), and obtained Higher Competitive Exam in Education, in the Visual Arts, with Photography as a major subject (Aix-en-Provence, France, 2010). Ever since, she has shared her work between artistic orders, teaching and personal research. She also works in the editorial design of artists books. Mélanie Desriaux shows her work in France and abroad.

From 2006 to 2012, she exhibited her work at Le Radar Gallery (Bayeux, France), Art & Essai Gallery (University of Rennes 2, France), and the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. Her work in the prison of Saint-Martin (Ré island, France) was selected by Carceropolis, along Jane Evelyne Atwood’s work for instance. It is regularly published by the Prison International Observatory, and used by production company as Phare Ouest for instance.

In 2015, she won a scholarship for a wandering photographic tour in The United States. Her point of view of the Oregon trail earned her the first Fisheye magazine Jury Prize, handed over by Theo Gosselin and Maud Chalard. In 2016, she was selected by Pascal Amoyel to exhibit this work in Bowen Island (Vancouver, Canada) for FotoFilmic / PULP Gallery & Store. Also, she has been part of the David Stewart’s selection among 20 finalists for Youthhood, Life Framer Photography Prize. Her works was published by C41 magazine for instance.

In 2017, Mélanie Desriaux will show pictures produced with Observatory of Paris (France), for the 350 years of the site.



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