Parafin is delighted to announce a first solo exhibition with the acclaimed London-based German artist Melanie Manchot (born 1966, Witten, Germany). The exhibition will include a new body of photographic works, being shown for the first time, and the premiere of a new video work, Cadence (2018). The exhibition will run concurrently with a major survey show at MAC VAL in Paris.
‘White Light Black Snow’ is Manchot’s first extended body of photographic work in a number of years, despite the medium being central to her practice. Recently Manchot’s projects have focussed primarily on film, video and elements of performance and in 2017 she was shortlisted for the prestigious Jarman Award by Film London. However, Manchot first came to prominence as an artist using photography in the 1990s and has described it as ‘the backbone to everything I do and to how I think visually. Cameras, whether still or moving, are crucial devices shaping the construction of the work. To me, cameras are not simply machines that generate the images I wish to make; more importantly, they are an organising principle, an apparatus that becomes part of a set of relations I wish to create.’