Mélanie Dornier

France

 

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The Artist

 

 

 

 

 

Mélanie draws her photographic inspiration from the encounter and dialogue with the other. She strives to  create a dreamlike and sensitive universe. The notions of identity and trace are explored in the course of projects through a visual narrative imbued with delicacy.
As an observer of social transformation, her aesthetic activism is committed to causes that are close to her heart.
In 2004, she graduated in social work and when she moved to Asia in 2007, she explored documentary photography for over 8 years. The 360° portraits, the reflection of the person, the imprint in their daily life but also their valorization; this is what the author photographer likes to discover and share.
In 2011 her work is recognized as an emerging photographer at the Paris Photography Fair. She then began to professionalise her work, working with the press, galleries and exhibiting internationally. In 2017, she was awarded the Bettye Lane Feminist Award for her work on Indian women. The publishing house Corridor Eléphant then published her first monograph.
That same year, Mélanie returned to France. She has evolved her work towards a more personal approach while keeping the principles of documentary photography and the notion of travel. Through the medium of photography, she explores more personal worlds and allows herself to be carried away by experimentation.

 

 
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"Eline et Liya" Series - Mélanie Dornier

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EXHIBITIONS and  FESTIVALS :

  • Objectif FEMMES, 5 femmes photographes, Mairie IXème, Paris - Septembre 2021

  • Centre culturel les Fosses d’Enfer, exposition individuelle , St Remy Sur Orne (14) -  Mars 2021

  • Musée du Château de Flers, « Où sont les femmes ? », oeuvres en extérieur et intérieur, Flers (61) - 2020

  • Festival Regards, Alençon (61) - 2019

  • Phodar Bienal, exposition « Impact », Bulgarie - 2019

  • Festival Photographique Influences Indiennes, présentation du livre देवी - ELLE, Bécouzé (49) - 2018

  • Maison du Crowd-funding, exposition autour du livre देवी - ELLE, Paris Xème - 2018

  • Celebrate Art in Sport, FC Barcelona, exposition collective, Barcelone, Espagne - 2017

  • Respirations, conférence sur la pollution de l’air, exposition individuelle, Paris - 2016

  • Photo Angkor, impact project, Phnom Penh, Cambodge - 2015

  • EYE MY CITY, Exposition dans des stations de Metro de Delhi NCR, l’Alliance Française, New Delhi, Inde - 2015

  • Festival Pierrevert, Nuits Photographiques, (04) - 2014

  • PhotoCULT festival, Kiev, Ukraine - 2013

  • Three arts about India, exposition collective de l’Alliance Française, New Delhi, Inde - 2014

  • Mes lieux Chinois, exposition individuelle, Marie de Besançon (25)  - 2011

  • Youth festival, UNESCO, New Delhi, Inde - 2009

  • RESIDENCES and ATELIER :

  • Résidence de création, Fours à Chaux - Département de la Manche et Tulipe Mobile, Octobre 2021

  • Résidence culture justice, "bleu sensible", quartier femmes maison d'arrêt de Caen - Normandie Image, 2021

  • De Visu, dispositif de l’Education Nationale et DRAC Normandie, interventions en milieu scolaire - 2020-2021

  • Résidence culture santé "Mémoire Sensible", GHT les collines normandes- EPHADs- 2 Angles, Basse Normandie, 2020-2021

  • Ateliers vie de famille - expression photographique, Maison d’activités, Flers - 2020

  • Projet participatif autour d’un atelier d’écriture sur l’identité féminine " Mots d'Elles", Médiathèque et Musée, Flers - 2019-2020

  • Résidence culture santé sur l’identité "l'identité et Moi" - DRAC Normandie, Institut-Médico-Educatif - 2 Angles, Flers 2018

"Eline et Liya" Series - Mélanie Dornier

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Exhibitions

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" Miroir de Poudre Magique 7" - Mélanie Dornier

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" Miroir de Poudre Magique 3" - Mélanie Dornier

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"MIROIR DE POUDRE MAGIQUE"

 

This is where the fairy tale begins. One day on the trail of the past, I find a child’s disguise in a mansion. This discovery tells me that it is time to turn the camera on my intimate environment.

The blue dress then takes shape, it embodies the character who comes to tell the story of the evening. The scenes are inspired by the symbiosis of the photographer’s childhood memories and those of her daughter, whom she sees growing up. A mother-daughter complicity guides us between dream and reality in a reassuring nature and a decaying world.

Feelings and inner turmoil are calmed by the greenery that surrounds us and the dreamlike universe.

The game takes place, and we travel in a personal galaxy where the past comes alive and the elements give rhythm to our gestures.

«MIROIR DE POUDRE MAGIQUE» is an intimate series where we question our relationship to time.

Mélanie Dornier

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" Miroir de Poudre Magique 4" - Mélanie Dornier

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" Miroir de Poudre magique 8" - Mélanie Dornier

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"Magic Powder Mirror" Series

 
 
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"A Last Time 1" - Mélanie Dornier

"A Last Time" Series

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"A Last Time 5" - Mélanie Dornier

"A Last Time" Series

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"A Last Time 7" - Mélanie Dornier

"A Last Time" Series

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"Imprint of Oblivion 2" - Mélanie Dornier

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Leaving one' s imprint, one' s trace under the sun... Prussian blue illuminates used materials, giving them a second life. An old book, a paper marked by time, gives us the chance to develop this series using cyanotype process.

Nature is omnipresent, amazes the moment and, by its generosity, reminds of its beauty. It dialogues with places where man’s passage fades into vegetation. The question about the trace, what we leave behind our passage, is then posed. Beauty and decay, the cycle of life, give rhythm to the compositions.

Photograms are assembled and sewn together to converse in a shade of blue. Diptychs or triptychs allow us to gather forms: we are invited to travel in an imaginary world while creating our own poetry.

"Imprint of Oblivion 3" - Mélanie Dornier

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"Imprint of Oblivion 7" - Mélanie Dornier

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"A Last Time 12" - Mélanie Dornier

"A Last Time" Series

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Time, the traces of the past and the fragility of what surrounds us, brought the photographer one day in front of this type of place where the door remained open... The last inhabitants took away objects in a daily din, the cries and laughter no longer resound between the walls. The hubbub of a sale has decimated what was left. The looters came to grab what they could....The slamming of the door failed to close it. The place has been abandoned. Silence reigns supreme and only the light wears out the last breaths of life. Between prohibition and curiosity, we invite ourselves to enter. The creak of footsteps on the floor acknowledges our presence. Intrigued and curious, we advance between abandoned objects and walls marked by a past life. In our solitude, the intimacy of a stranger is imagined before our eyes. The lock has been broken, the glass has been shattered. Our hearing becomes accustomed to the silence, attentive to the slightest noise. Hearing a crack or a clatter, our senses are stirred. In the silence of a last sigh, nature takes over. It is time for a last dance that will break the solitude of these places.


Mélanie Dornier

 

"A Last Time" Series

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"Imprit of Oblivion" Series

 
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"W.I.T.C.H. Manifesto 1" - Mélanie Dornier

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The quadriptych takes up the speech of the Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell. This text was written in the United States in 1968 by a group of committed women and is still relevant today. A superposition of texts and images is created by the cyanotype technique.  This technique allows the following message to be delivered through more or less blurred layers

"W.I.T.C.H. Manifesto" Series

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"Eline et Liya" Series - Mélanie Dornier

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  • Aide à l'exposition de la Région Normandie, 2021

  • The Bettye Lane Feminist Photography Award, pour le projet देवी - ELLE, Duke University, Etats-Unis - 2017

  • Zoom, Sélectionnée en tant que  photographe émergente, Salon de la photo, Paris - 2011

"Awards and Grants"

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"Book & Publications"

Excerpt from "ELLE Book" - Mélanie Dornier

Corridor Elephant Edition

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BOOK:

  • देवी - ELLE, Vie quotidienne de la femme indienne et questionnement sur sa place dans la société patriarcale du Nord de l’Inde, Éditions Corridor Eléphant - 2018

PUBLICATIONS :

  • Sunday times magazine (Angleterre, 2011),

  • Marie Claire (Malaysie 2017),

  • Geo Ado (2014-2015),

  • Lancet (Etats-Unis 2016),

  • Curves (Etats-Unis 2015),

  • Elephant Corridor (2016),

  • Guardian (Angleterre 2016),

  • Dossiers de l'actualité (2016),

  • La Croix (2016),

  • Le tigre (2013),

  • Global Buisness (Chine, 2012),

  • Le monde histoire (2012),

  • Oryx (2012),

  • We Demain (2016),

  • Nouvel Obs (2016),

  • Femmes Photographes (2018)...

 
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Excerpt from "ELLE Book" - Mélanie Dornier

Corridor Elephant Edition

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"Magic Powder Mirror 12" - Mélanie Dornier 

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The presence within the walls of The ONE Museum for the exhibition "Curated by... Pierre Leotard" fills us with happiness, it is also a real honor.

I am familiar with Mélanie's photography, which I have been following with great interest from behind the scenes for several years now. Melanie has this classy way of telling stories, or rather of submitting feelings to us with delicacy and poetry, a bit like an impressionist painter of the perception, feeling, transmission and whose touches would come to imprint our neurons as we go along until the story gradually reveals itself to us. It is in fact a photographic process within the photographic process.

But let there be no mistake, it is not because there is a certain softness of the image and a progressiveness of the narrative that Melanie blurs the message. On the contrary, the concern, the questioning and the call to our awakening are omnipresent.

Melanie is a committed artist, who asks herself fundamental questions about the future of the human species, seeks, finds and transmits to us her apprehensions, her doubts, her fears, her anxieties, which become ours, to provoke an awareness and the assumption of responsibility in our turn of the various problems submitted.

It is not a Photography that is only subject to regrets and nostalgia, it is a photograph that wants to wake us up from our passive torpor and that asks us to take things in hand for our future, but also for the future of our children: to take into account our past — neither to forget it, nor to occult it, nor to live only for and by it — to better move forward!

What do we do with our past, with its great causes and our great battles (the fight of women for a true equality between men and women in "W.I.T.C.H. Manifesto" for example, or "Elle" (Melanie's Book) which deals with the status of women in society, here in India - but is it really different in our West?) that we could illusively believe to be outdated, out of touch, or even obsolete, and of which our lack of vigilance could lead to a frightening regression? What kind of world will we bequeath to our children, what will their life be like on a planet that we abuse a little more every day ("Eline and Liya"), will our carelessness, our passivity or our selfishness leave them only a decaying world as a legacy ("Magic Powder Mirror")? Will we despise our past to the point of letting it fade away, be obscured, dissolve shamefully into Oblivion ("A last Time") when it is precisely with its experience, the feelings it conveyed, the strength and values of what it was, the lessons it taught us, the basis of a better understanding of our future and the basis of a knowledge to better build it?

All this, Melanie tells us with strength and conviction, but with a blessed calmness... and nowadays, where the gap and the violence of our society, the bludgeoning of bitchy images, empty of meaning or too heavy with blind consequences, are omnipresent and want to be omni and over-potent, Melanie Dornier’s Art does a lot of good because it is also much more constructive and finally efficient.

Thierry Gulian

Curator of The ONE Museum

"The Word of The ONE Museum Curator"