I was born with a Kodak in my hands and in 2004 I graduated in the social science field, so documentary photography came very naturally to me.

           I tell visual stories because this is a way to express myself and to share my vision with others. This is like engaging in a dialogue. I work on stories that relate to my personal life and that can contribute to positive change. My photography's engagement is a medium to raise my voice and support my activist behaviour.

           My career really started to take off 7 years ago when I moved to Asia. I have resided in both China and India. There, I have produced some long and some shorter social documentaries. Somehow, in all of my projects, I explore the notion of identity. This is part of my inner quest of being for more than 10 years living out of my country. In India, I have been working extensively on women’s daily life conditions questioning gender’s issues. Since 2017, I relocate in France, my own country.

 

Rewards:

  • Bettye Lane Award, Feminist Photography award, Duke University, USA, 2017.

  • FcBarcelona photo awards, Spain 2017.

  • Oxygen Award, les respirations, France 2016.

  • Zoom, emerging photographer of salon de la Photo de Paris, France 2011.

 

Book:

  • देवी - ELLE, Edition Corridor Elephant, France, 2018.

Book's presentation at Festival Influences Indiennes at Becouze (Angers), France and exhibition at Maison du Crowd funding, Paris X.

 

Past Exhibitions:

 

  • Celebrate Art in Sport, FcBarcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 2017.

  • RFB viva sport 2014 "Sport and diversity", Lyon, France, 2014.

  • Tri-Angles, three arts about India, group exibition curated by the Head of Alliance Francaise Jean-Philippe Bottin, Galerie Romain Rolland, New Delhi, India, 2014.

  • Mes lieux Chinois, solo exhibition curated by Besancon’s Mayor Jean-Louis Fousseret, Town Hall (Galerie des Cents pas), Besancon, France, 2011.

  •  One stroke different canvas, collective exhibition by MKA, Alliance Francaise, Delhi, India, 2011.

  • L'art de la table, Suzhou, China, 2010.

  • Collective exhibition by MKA, India Habitat Center, Delhi, India, 2009.

  • ABC, on profit of the NGO Sankalp Welfare Society, Gurgaon, India, 2009.

 

Festivals:

  • Phodar Bienal, Impact exhibition Mahila Thanna, Bulgaria 2019.

  • Regards, exhibition Gran Pa Watchman, Alençon, France 2019.

  • Respirations, conference against air pollution, Paris, France 2016.

  • Photo Angkor, Impact project, Cambodia 2015.

  • EYE MY CITY, DLF Metro stations and Cyber Hub, Alliance Francaise Gurgaon, Delhi NCR India 2015.

  • Festival Pierrevert nuits photographiques 2014.

  • PhotoCULT festival, Memory, slideshow, Lavra Galery, Kiev, Ukraine, 2013.

  • Youth festival organised by UNESCO, India Habitat Center, Delhi, India, 2009.

 

Art residency:

  • Project in collaboration with institutional organisation 2Angles and an institut providing education to mentally challenged children. The project is dealing with identity and self-image. Flers, France, 2018.

 

Education:

  • Long term workshop, Claudine Doury, Vu Agency, Paris 2018-2019.

  • Sensitive Eyes, Claudine Doury, Paris, 2018.

  • All together, VII Agency, Barcelona, Spain, 2016.

  • DIY Storytelling workshop by Rob Hornstra, Delhi Photo festival, India 2015.

  • Social Documentary, The open College of Art, UK, Online, 2011.

  • Lighting et photography skills, Munish Khanna Photo Academy, Delhi, India 2009.

  • Master on evaluation and Professional training, Sciences sociales, Grenoble, France 2004.

 

 

 

MELANIE DORNIER
Based in Normandy, France.

 

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