Olivier Menanteau lives and works in Paris and Vilnius. In 1999 he moved to Dusseldorf and developped his own projects in various institutions,such as the United Nations in New York (2006).
During 2002–2006, he was lecturer and part-timer at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, at the Wissensschatskolleg zu Berlin and at the ISCP in New York.
He spent a year in Sao Paulo as part of a project with the Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes in the Pinnacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and the MAMAM of Recife.
During 2009–2010 he was at work on a Film Project with the Contemporary Art Center of Chamarande near Paris. He is currently working on a Project in Seimas and the Presidence of the Lithuanian Republic.
Galerie Contexts, Paris
Galerie Florent Tosin, Berlin
"Mémoire, la fin d’une utopie“ Art 3 Valence (FR)
"Mémoire“, video production from The General Council of Essone included in the Project Culture à l'Hopital supported by DRAC Ile-de-France (FR)
“Agora-Arago” in collaboration with Goran Galic, Gian Reto Gredig, Bruno Serralongue,
Centre de la Photgraphie de Genève and Haute École d’Art of Perpignan (FR)
“The Metamorphosis” projection and presentation in the Cinema Rive Gauche Perpignan
“Media Alert” & “Charm-project” curator Shara Wasserman at Temple University, Rome
“The blood spilled out of the wound will never return” multimedia installation at International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Open studio, New York
“Fim de Romance” in collaboration with Christine Meisner, curator Lisette Lagnado, Museum of Fines Arts in Nantes (FR)
Pinacoteca do Estado, Sao Paulo, Brasil
MAMAM, Museu de Arte Moderna AloisioMagalhaes, Recife, Brasil
“Das Feld gegenüber” multimedia installation, Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin
Olivier Menanteau, Ateliers d'Artistes in Marseille (FR)
“Vortlaufen” multimedia installation with Tiziano Manca composition, Akademie Schloß Solitude, Stuttgart
“Ununterbrochen III” Flughaven Düsseldorf and Institut Francais de Düsseldorf
“La Chance”, École Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Valence (FR)
"L'arrivée !”, Akademie Schloß Solitude, Stuttgart
“Ununterbrochen II” multimedia installation, Gastatelier der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf
“Gesamtschule Ratingen-West” multimedia installation, Kunstverein Ratingen, (GR)
“Ununterbrochen” , Ateliers Höherweg ev, Düsseldorf
“Ilots” Museum of Cognac (Public order: DRAC, Ministère de l’Aménagement du Territoire Délégation Interministérielle de la Ville)
Marian Breedveld / Olivier Menanteau, Alliance francaise de Rotterdam, Rotterdam
Les Ateliers Nadar, Marseille
“Public Private, Fotofeis Edimburg”, Institut Francais d’Ecosse, Scotland
“La vie de SAM”, Biennial of Photography de Marseille, Museum Grobet Labadié, Marseille
Olivier Menanteau lives and works in Paris and Berlin.
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.