Amélie Labourdette

Portfolio Amélie Labourdette (pdf)

Born in 1974

Based in Paris (France).

Amelie Labourdette obtained her degree in Fine Art from the National Fine Art School of Nantes (Les Beaux-Arts). Recipient of numerous research and production grants, her work has been shown in several exhibitions in France and abroad (United Kingdom, China, Georgia, Italy, Germany), and is included in public or private collections. In 2016, Amélie won the Sony World Photography Awards in the category Architecture, with the photographic series Empire of Dust. Then in 2017, she is laureate of the grant "Soutien à la photographie documentaire contemporaine 2017" of Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), for the project Traces d'une occupation humaine (Traces of human occupation) .

She is represented by the Thierry Bigaignon Gallery, Paris, France.

Amelie Labourdette interrogates through her photographic work what is located below the visible landscape. The landscape is part of our collective and individual memory. By questioning the notion of territory, she tries to reveal the multi-layered identities and temporalities of a landscape. She builds and realizes her photographic projects in a close relationship to "the spirit of the place" concept. Her work can be defined as ''Archeology of the present'' revealed with aesthetic, fictional and documentary values.



2017   Soutien à la photographie documentaire contemporaine 2017 / CNAP for the projet Traces d'une occupation humaine.

2016   SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2016 : Winner Professional Category / Architecture.

            Shortlist KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO 2016 (Conceptual Category)

2004   Award of Visual Arts of the City of Nantes, France.



2018 Traces d'une occupation humaine  (Traces of human occupation) , from 13 september to 10 November , Le Carré d'Art gallery, Chartres-de-Bretagne, FR.

          Traces d'une occupation humaine (Traces of human occupation) , 02 to 08 July, Chez Arthur et Janine gallery, as part of the Rencontres de la photographie d'Arles , FR.

2017 Empire of dust at Thierry Bigaignon Gallery, Paris, FR.

2015  Empire of dust at the RDV Gallery as part of the QPN (La Quinzaine Photographique Nantaise) dedicated to Chaos, Nantes, FR.
2014  Non finito, Art Center of Moulinsart Island, Fillé-sur-Sarthe-72,FR.

2012  Archipel (Archipelago), The Gallery / Art House, St Herblain, FR.

2009 Been Here and Gone, Pommeray Hotel, Nantes, FR.

2008 La Part Manquante (The Missing Part), Heidigalerie, Nantes, FR.




UNDER THE SAND, Exhibition #3 at LIEU UNIQUE (February), curated by Marion Zilio, Nantes, FR.


UNDER THE SAND, Exhibition #2 at B'chira Art Center (September 29 to October 20), curated by Fatma Cheffi, Tunis, Tunisia.

Paysage, Fiction de la matière / matière à fiction (Landscape, Fiction of material / material for fiction), From 9 to 25 June 2017, Plateforme, curated by Jean-Baptiste Guey, Paris, FR.

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, (21st April - 7th may, 2017) Somerset House, London, UK.

New acquisitions Artothèque: Crossed looks/ collections of the Museums of Angers, Museum « Jean-Lurçat and contemporary tapestry », Angers, FR.


NUCLÉUS / UNDER THE SAND: l'ATELIER, (from 8 to 23 December), Artistic directors: Wilfried Nail and Souad Mani, Associate curator: Jean-Christophe Arcos, Nantes,FR.

Satellite Spirite Art Fair/ Antique Future: Thierry Bigaignon Gallery , Marais . Marais Space, curated by Théo-Mario Coppola, (From 8 to 11 December), Paris , FR.

RDV Gallery / Multiple #6, Nantes,FR.

Tbilisi photo festival : Night of photography (17 September 2016), Georgia.

Voyage à Nantes, rue des Vieilles-Douves, Curating : École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nantes Métropole, FR.

Sony World Photography Awards travelling exhibition : U Space (06/07 – 06/26), Beijing, China; Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin (05/06 to 30/ 09), Germany, Spazio Tadini (16/ 09 to 16/10), Milan, Italy.

Rencontres d’Arpia, Paris, FR.

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, (22 April – 8 May), Somerset House, London, UK.

Kolga Tbilisi photo 2016, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Feminism(s): E&N: Joseph Antonin Gallery / Chapel of St. Anne, Arles, FR.


RES NULLIUS (Wilfried Nail - Amélie Labourdette), Gallery le 61, Nantes, FR.

Incarnés de voyages (Incorporated travel), House of Europe, Tbilisi, Georgia.


Incarnés de voyages (Incorporated travel), RDC Gallery, Nantes, FR.


Multiples, Dulcie September Gallery, ESBANM (Superior School of Fine Arts in Nantes Metropolis), FR.


713705, Heidigalerie, Nantes, FR.

Cutlog, art fair with Heidigalerie, Board of Trade in Paris, FR.


Vers une Architecture (Towards an Architecture), Castle Seilleraye, Carquefou (44), FR.


Monter au jour (Climb at the Day), Museum of Fine Arts, Nantes, FR.

Où sont les femmes (Where are the Women), Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, FR.


Pontage (By-pass), Gallery Dulcie September, ESBANM (Superior School of Fine Arts in Nantes), FR.




Grant of the Superior School of Fine Arts in Nantes Metropolis for the Art-residency Fieldwork Marfa , Texas, USA.


Grant: Support for the creation, Pays de la Loire Region, France.

Grant: Support for the contemporary documentary photography, CNAP ( National Center of Visual Arts), FR.

UNDER THE SAND / Artist residency at the Lieu Unique (from 15 November 2017 to 30 January 2018) , Nantes, FR.

SONY GRANT SUPPORT, for KÓSMOS project: USA desert (February 2017, Texas, New-Mexico, Arizona, Utah).


Artist Residency: Under The Sand #2/ 2016  (project : Traces of a Human Occupation), Gafsa, Tunisia.


Grant: Support for the creation, Pays de la Loire Region, France.

Grant: Exceptional allocation CNAP, France.

Grant: The Individual Support for the Creation / Department of Cultural Affairs of Pays de la Loire (Government grant), France.

Artist residency at the Art Center Island Moulinsart (72): DRAC of Pays-de-la-Loire device «Writing Light», France.


Artist residency at l’Usine, Tournefeuille / Toulouse Metropolis, France.


Artist residency in Tbilisi (Georgia) and Saarbrücken (Germany), as part of the Incarnated travel project .

Support to production of short films, Basse Normandie Region, France.


Device for Innovation and Multimedia Art Creation (DICAM).

Support to production of a short film, Pays de la Loire Region, France.

Support to development of a short film, General Council of Loire Atlantic.


Artist residency at The Pommeray Hotel (Been Here and Gone), Nantes.


CNC (National Center for Cinematography) selective production aid for feature documentary, France.

Help to produce feature-length documentary, Region of Pays de la Loire, France.



Collection of the Museum / Art lending library of Angers,

Collection of City of Nantes, France.


France Culture / Les Carnets de la création by Aude Lavigne : «  Les architectures inachevées d’Amélie Labourdette »




EcologiK N57, architecture magazine, Mach 2018, portfolio by Anne-Solange Muis.

TTT Magazine n°VII, February 2018, portfolio and article by Gaël Savary

AMC,  architecture magazine, February 2018, article by Mathieu Oui.


Monthly Photography (South Korea Magazine), July 2017, portfolio and article by Yihyun Park.

Facing Value: Radical Perspectives from the Art, Editeurs: Maaike Lauwaert, Francien van Westrenen, Edition: Valiz.


Professional Photography Magazine ( august 2016, distribute in UK and USA), article by Kathrine Anker.

ARCH+, (German Magazine / Architecture and Urbanism)

Sony World Photography Awards Book 2016

Catalogue Kolga Tbilisi photo 2016.

Revue 303 N°140 « Ruines et vestiges » (« Ruins and remains»): Carte blanche to Amélie Labourdette / text  by Julien Zerbone.


Revue 303 N°138 Design: chronicles / Contemporary Art / text by Éva Prouteau, p 80-81.


Collective catalog / 10 year of residencies to the Hotel Pommeraye.

Catalogue of the Non finito exhibition at the Art Center of Moulinsart Island,


« Passez-Passez » : Photographic book / Publishing L’Usine.


Revue 303 N°96: Né à Nantes comme tout le monde (Born in Nantes like everyone)


PUBLICATIONS (WEB / selection)


FISHEYES:  Traces d'une occupation humaine (Trace of human occupation), article by Lou Tsatsas.

ATLAS OF PLACES: portfolio Empire of dust

LE MONITEUR: « Amélie Labourdette en archéologue du présent », article.


LE MONDE : « Rechercher l’esprit du lieu, c’est tenter de saisir une aura qui interpelle la mémoire » (Find the spirit of the place is trying to capture an aura that recall memory) - interview by Claire Gilly.

Télérama : « Quand la nature reprend ses droits, entre romantisme et apocalypse » (When nature regains its rights, between romanticism and Apocalypse )- article by Charlotte Maxin.

SLATE : « Les constructions inachevées, métaphores de la chute d'un système » (Unfinished constructions, metaphors of the fall of a system), interview by Fanny Arlandis .

Point Contemporain (Contemporary Art Review) - EMPIRE OF DUST- Text by Théo-Mario Coppola- Article.

Thisispaper magazine – Portfolio Traces d'une occupation humaine (Traces of a human occupation)

SLASH : « L'archéologie du présent. »

Positive magazine , article by Carmen Mc Intosh.

Le vadrouilleur Urbain

Le Littéraire / Article by Jean-paul Gavard-perret.

Carnet d'art, article by Jean-paul Gavard-perret.

Objectsmag : « Ecomostri italiani fotografati da Amélie Labourdette » , article by Luca Onniboni

Artpress / Article by Marion Zillio.



The Spaces / Article – Portfolio by Betty Wood.

Focus numérique / Interview by Nadia Ali Belhadj.

Gessato magazine / Publication portfolio.

Dodho magazine / Publication portfolio

Virtual Gallery APRIA (Association for Research and image production in anthropology and art)

L'oeil de la photographie

World Photography Organisation

Fisheye Magazine / Publication : portfolio

Polka magazine / Article par Alexandra Nawawi.

FESTIVALS : Video / Cinema (selection)

International Festival of Human Rights in Nantes (2010), Premiers plans Festival, Angers (2009), Premiers plans Festival, Angers (2008), Scopitone, Nantes (2007), Vidéoformes Festival, Clermont-Ferrant (2006), Premiers plans Festival, Angers (2005), Ohneszene Festival, Paris (2004), Les films de l’angle mort, Auberive (Haute-Marne) / La longue nuit du court, Nantes / Interzone, Strasbourg (2003), Bandits-Mages Festival, Bourges (2001).


FILMOGRAPHY (selection)


ARCHIPEL, 10 series of filmed tableaux and sound design, sound cooperation Wilfried Nail, Production: Lolab.

Philippe de Champaigne : une restauration exceptionnelle : documentary Co-directed Wilfried Nail, 21 min.

2009 Physiologie de l’effort : documentary ( Co-directed Benjamin Baudet Production Zarlab), 63 min.

2005 L’Antichambre ( Co-directed David Zard, music Tarek Atoui), produced by Scopitone, The ESBANM, The Regional Council of Pays de la Loire, 17 min.

2003 Le désaveu (Co-directed with David Zard) Cut up video, produced by Vidéozarts, 11min.

2002 … mais les enfants avaient cessé de rire…, Cut up video, 12 min.

2001 Leur impatience se confondait avec l’espoir de participer à un cataclysme général, video installation.



1995- 2000

DNSEP (Fine Art Master degree ), in the Superior School of Fine Arts in Nantes Metropolis (ESBANM), France.