Olivier Menanteau

"For Many, Farewell Is Elusive", 2013
HD video, 12´

"Great Duchy", 2010
President presents awards to winners of the Constitution Examination, Presidential Palace, S. Daukanto a.3, Vilnius, Lithuania
Lambda-Print
70 x 89 cm

"Great Duchy", 2010
Swearing-in ceremony for judges, Presidential Palace, S. Daukanto a.3, Vilnius, Lithuania
Lambda-Print
70 x 89 cm

"Great Duchy", 2010
Swearing-in ceremony for judges, Presidential Palace, S. Daukanto a.3, Vilnius, Lithuania
Lambda-Print
70 x 89 cm

"Great Duchy", 2010
Corridor of the Seimas, Emmanuelis Zingeris, Homeland Union, Lithuanian Christian Democrat Political Group....
Lambda-Print
70 x 89 cm

"Great Duchy", 2010
Andrius Kubilius, Homeland Union, Lithuanian Christian Democrat Political Group 28 November 2008 By Presidential Decree, appointed Prime Minister of the Fifteenth Government
Lambda-Print
70 x 89 cm

"Great Duchy", 2011
Installation view

"Media Alert", 2006
United Nations, Media Stakeout after the Security Council Meetings:
Friday, June 2, 2006. Informal Comments to the Media by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Hedi Annabi, on the Situation in the Sudan
Lambda-Print
70 x 89 cm

"Media Alert", 2006
Lambda-Print
70 x 89 cm

"Media Alert", 2006
United Nations, S-226: Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Daily Noon Press Briefing by Mr. Stéphane Dujarric de la Rivière, the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General, with Guest at noon Mr. Ibrahim Gambari, Under-Secretary-General for Pilitical Affairs, to Brief on his Recent Mission to Myanmar
Lambda-Print
70 x 89 cm

"Media Alert", 2006
United Nations, S-226: Tuesday, May 30, 2006, Press Conference by Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS; Ms. Ann Venemann, Executive Director of the
UN Children´s Fund (UNICEF); and Ms. Thoyaraya Ahmed Obaib, Executive Director of th UN Population Fund, to Lauch the 2006 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic
Lambda-Print
70 x 89 cm

"Staatsministerium Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart", 2002
Dienstag, den 23. Dezember 2002. Ministerpräsident Erwin Teufel (13. April 1991-19. April 2005) Staatsministerium Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart
Lambda-Print
110 x 140 cm

"Staatsministerium Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart", 2002
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110 x 140 cm

"Landtag von Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart", 2002
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110 x 140 cm

"Landtag von Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart", 2002
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Born 1956 in Salon-de-Provence
Lives and works in Paris

Solo Exhibitions

2013
„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

2011
„Great Duchy,“ Galerie Contexts, Paris
„Mediagenic,“ Galerie Florent Tosin, Berlin
"Mémoire, la fin d’une utopie,“ Art 3, Valence

2010 

"Mémoire, 2010, la fin d´une utopie,“ Centre départemental d’art contemporain de Chamarande

2007

“Media Alert” & “Charm-project,” curated by Shara Wasserman, Temple University, Rome

2006 

“The blood spilled out of the wound will never return,“ ISCP, International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York

2005

“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


2003 

“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

2001

“Ununterbrochen II,” Gastatelier der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf
“Ununterbrochen ,“Gesamtschule Ratingen-West, Kunstverein Ratingen

2000 

“Ununterbrochen,” ATELIERs HÖHERWEG eV, Düsseldorf



1997

“Ilots,” Musée des Beaux-Arts de Cognac
 
1996 

“Olivier Menanteau et Marian Breedveld,” Rencontre n °1, Alliance francaise de Rotterdam

Les Ateliers Nadar, Marseille

1990
„La vie de SAM,“ Biennale de la photographie de Marseille, Musée Grobet Labadié, Marseille


Awards, Residences

2006
CulturesFrance, ISCP, international studio & curatorial program, New York.

2004–2005
Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Berlin.

2003–2004
AFAA-Ville de Paris, Residence in Edificio Copan, Sao Paulo with EXO.org, Brasil.

2002–2003
Stipendiat Académie Schloß Solitude, Stuttgart, Gerrmany.

2001–2002
Studio program Stadt Düsseldorf., Gerrmany.

2000–2001
Residence in the “Cité des Arts”, Paris.

1999–2000
Studio Höherweg ev, Düsseldorf, Gerrmany.

1996–1998
Collège Vercors: Le Magasin, CNAC de Grenoble, France.
Programm of the Fondation de France,

1996
Ateliers Duende, Kunststichting of Rotterdam, Holland.

Books, Publications

2010
Media Alert in "Cahier de la Creation contemporaine " of CNAP, Res Publica, Paris

2009
Media Alert in "Etudes Photographiques N°23"

2008
in "L’architecture d’aujourd’hui N°373", Oscar Niemeyer, San Paolo

2007
in "La Photographie en France 1970-2005", Christian Gattinoni, ed CulturesFrance

2005
“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

2004
Olivier Menanteau, 1998-2003, Ateliers d’artistes Ville de Marseille, texts written by : Thierry Ollat

2003
in "Neue Freunde", with Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Elena Kovylina, Jean Baptiste Joly, Jean d’Yvoire,Roger Häusslin

1998-2001
“Pres des acacias”, Ed Actes-Sud, text written by : Philippe Forrest

1997
“Ilots”, Ed Musee des Beaux Arts de Cognac (FR)

1994
“En un lieu bien ombrage”, Ed Centre National d’Art Contemporain Grenoble/Fondation de France

1993
in Public Private curator Alain Reinaudo, Ed Fotofeis Edimburg, Institut Francais in Scotland

MediaGenic:
"For many, farewell is elusive"

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.