Amélie Labourdette

Born in 1974

Lives in Nantes, France

Based in Nantes (France), Amelie Labourdette obtained her degree in Fine Art from the National Fine Art School of Nantes. Recipient of numerous research and production grants, her work has been shown in several exhibitions in France and internationally (United Kingdoms, China, Georgia, Italy, Germany), and is included in public or private collections. In 2016, she is also winner of the Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition under the category Architecture, with the photographic series Empire of Dust.

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

Amelie Labourdette interrogates through her photographic work, which is located below the visible landscape. The landscape refers us to something collective and individual memory. It’s a reflect of an era’s history, well as from our imagination.

By questioning through her photographic work, the notion of territory to build, to appropriate or redefine artistically, she tries to reveal the multi-layered identities and temporalities of a landscape. She builds and realizes her photographic projects closely related with the territory idea, because it’s about landscape and «Archeology of present» she wants to talk first of all.

Amélie Labourdette questions the aesthetic, fictional and documentary values, induced by her photographs.



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.



> Project COSMOS, with the Sony Ambassador Grant support (February 2017), USA desert (Texas, New-Mexico, Arizona, Colorado).

> Preparation of the Art-residency Fieldwork Marfa, (October 2017) taking as base at Marfa / Texas / USA, on invitation of ESBANM.

> Realization of a graphite drawings series related to unfinished architectures of Abkhazia sanatoriums.



2017 ( à venir) Galerie Thierry Bigaignon, Paris, France.

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

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

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

2008 La Part Manquante (The Missing Part), Heidigalerie, Nantes, France




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


NUCLÉUS / UNDER THE SAND: l'Atelier, Nantes, France.

Satellite Spirite Art Fair/ Antique Future: Thierry Bigaignon Gallery , Marais . Marais Space, Paris , France

RDV Gallery / Multiple #6, Nantes, France.

Sony World Photography Awards traveling exhibition : Spazio Tadini (16/ 09 to 16/10), Milan, Italy.

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

Voyage à Nantes, rue des Vieilles-Douves, Commissariat : ÉCOLE SUPÉRIEURE DES BEAUX-ARTS DE NANTES MÉTROPOLE, France.

Sony World Photography Awards traveling exhibition : Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin (05/06 to 30/ 09), Germany.

Sony World Photography Awards traveling exhibition : U Space (06/07 – 06/26), Beijing, China.

Rencontres d’Arpia, Paris, France.

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, France


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

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


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


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


713705, Heidigalerie, Nantes, France.

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


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


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

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


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



Collection of the Museum / Art lending library of Angers,

Collection of City of Nantes, France.



Professional Photography Magazine ( august 2016, distribute in UK and USA)

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 : Julien Zerbone.


Revue 303 N°138 Design: chronicles / Contemporary Art / text : 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)


Artpress / Article



The Spaces / Article – Portfolio

Focus numérique / Interview

Gessato magazine / Publication portfolio.

Dodho magazine / Publication portfolio

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

The Eye of Photographie

World Photography Organisation

Fisheye Magazine / Publication : portfolio

Polka magazine / Article




Sony Ambassador Grant, for the Project COSMOS: USA desert (Texas, New-Mexico, Arizona, Colorado).

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


Residency « Under the Sand » (project : Traces of 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.


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.