Born 1956 in Salon-de-Provence
Lives and works in Paris
„Mediagenic la Marseillaise,“ Musée d’art contemporain, Centre national des arts plastiques,
La Marseillaise, Marseille
„Les Messagers de l’art,“ The Fine Arts Museum of Nantes, Chapelle de l’Oratoire, Nantes
„For many farewell is elusive,“Galerie Florent Tosin, Berlin
„Great Duchy,“ Galerie Contexts, Paris
„Mediagenic,“ Galerie Florent Tosin, Berlin
"Mémoire, la fin d’une utopie,“ Art 3, Valence
"Mémoire, 2010, la fin d´une utopie,“ Centre départemental d’art contemporain de Chamarande
“Media Alert” & “Charm-project,” curated by Shara Wasserman, Temple University, Rome
“The blood spilled out of the wound will never return,“ ISCP, International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York
“Fim de Romance” in collaboration with Christine Meisner, curated by Lisette Lagnado, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes
“Fim de Romance” in collaboration with Christine Meisner, curated by Lisette Lagnado & Aurelie Guitton, Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo
“Fim de Romance” in collaboration with Christine Meisner, MAMAM, Museum of Modern Art, Recife, Brasil
“Das Feld gegenüber,” Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
“Vortlaufen” in collaboration with Tiziano Manca, Akademie Schloß Solitude, Stuttgart
“Ununterbrochen III,” Institut Francais de Düsseldorf
“La Chance,” École Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Valence
"L'arrivée !” Akademie Schloß Solitude, Stuttgart
“Ununterbrochen II,” Gastatelier der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf
“Ununterbrochen ,“Gesamtschule Ratingen-West, Kunstverein Ratingen
“Ununterbrochen,” ATELIERs HÖHERWEG eV, Düsseldorf
“Ilots,” Musée des Beaux-Arts de Cognac
“Olivier Menanteau et Marian Breedveld,” Rencontre n °1, Alliance francaise de Rotterdam
Les Ateliers Nadar, Marseille
„La vie de SAM,“ Biennale de la photographie de Marseille, Musée Grobet Labadié, Marseille
CulturesFrance, ISCP, international studio & curatorial program, New York.
Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Berlin.
AFAA-Ville de Paris, Residence in Edificio Copan, Sao Paulo with EXO.org, Brasil.
Stipendiat Académie Schloß Solitude, Stuttgart, Gerrmany.
Studio program Stadt Düsseldorf., Gerrmany.
Residence in the “Cité des Arts”, Paris.
Studio Höherweg ev, Düsseldorf, Gerrmany.
Collège Vercors: Le Magasin, CNAC de Grenoble, France.
Programm of the Fondation de France,
Ateliers Duende, Kunststichting of Rotterdam, Holland.
Media Alert in "Cahier de la Creation contemporaine " of CNAP, Res Publica, Paris
Media Alert in "Etudes Photographiques N°23"
in "L’architecture d’aujourd’hui N°373", Oscar Niemeyer, San Paolo
in "La Photographie en France 1970-2005", Christian Gattinoni, ed CulturesFrance
“Fim de Romance”, Ed Actes-Sud, texts written by : Marcelo Mattos Araujo, Corinne Diserens, Moacir dos Anjos, Lisette Lagnado, Laymert Garcia Dos Anjos,Jean Baptiste Joly, Jean-Charles Massera
“Das Feld gegenüber”, Ed Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin-Academie Schlo§ Solitude, texts written by Sorin Antohi, Raymond Depardon, Christofer Edling
in "Höherweg 271", Atelier Höherweg and Richter Verlag, Dusseldorf, Kunststiftung NRV
Olivier Menanteau, 1998-2003, Ateliers d’artistes Ville de Marseille, texts written by : Thierry Ollat
in "Neue Freunde", with Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Elena Kovylina, Jean Baptiste Joly, Jean d’Yvoire,Roger Häusslin
“Pres des acacias”, Ed Actes-Sud, text written by : Philippe Forrest
“Ilots”, Ed Musee des Beaux Arts de Cognac (FR)
“En un lieu bien ombrage”, Ed Centre National d’Art Contemporain Grenoble/Fondation de France
in Public Private curator Alain Reinaudo, Ed Fotofeis Edimburg, Institut Francais in Scotland
On October 17, 2012, the remains of Cambodia’s King-Father Norodom Sihanouk are repatriated to Phnom Penh. His passing occurred on the last day of the annual celebration of Pchum Ben, during which Cambodians honor their ancestors. During the night of October 21, thousands of people gathered in front of the royal palace at Phnom Penh to pray for the soul of the deceased. Many of them saw the portrait of the King-father take shape on the surface of the moon. Some filmed it, others photographed it and sold the photographs on the street. The clearest video of the phenomenon is on YouTube, filmed by CNC, the Cambodian television channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPnmsD9MO4k
Enclosed in a refrigerated white casket, the body of the King-father is displayed for 100 days in the Royal Palace. On February 31st, 2013, he is solemnly driven to Mèn, a grandiose crematorium built next to the palace. Mèn is the Sanskrit word for mount Mèru, considered to be the place of residence of the gods. The crowd gathers at Mèn, while the bonzes recite ritual prayers round the clock. The reigning king comes daily to pray before the cremation, distributing offerings and freeing prisoners. On Monday, February 4, the king and his guests as well as representatives of the French government attend the cremation and bow one last time to the King-Father’s remains. Within the walls, the women sing: “We are so sad to have lost you, you were as the face of the moon in the sky. (source: Le Monde ¦ Feb. 5, 2013). With the aid of a string of powder leading out of the mouth of a dragon, His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni sets fire to the stake of precious wood. Then, while the fire accomplishes its task, the crowd prayers to the backdrop of sacred music. During night, in fire and smoke, the king returns to dust.
FOR MANY, FAREWELL IS ELUSIVE, is the fourth project in the MEDIAGENIC series. Since 2006, Olivier Menanteau has developed Mediagenic projects devoted to the study of links between the media and politicians since the advent of digital journalism.
His projects question the representation of political activity in the world of new media. Begun in New York, at United Nations headquarters (2006), pursued in Vilnius (Lithuania, 2010-2011) where he completed a video and photographic project about President Dalia Grybauskaité, he has continued this work in France on the French political scene since 2012.