Visual artist / Photographer
Born in 1974
Based in Nantes (France).
Amélie 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, Amelie won the Sony World Photography Awards in the category Architecture, with the photographic series Empire of Dust.
She is represented by the Thierry Bigaignon Gallery, Paris, France.
Amélie 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 'territory' concept. Her work can be defined as ''Archeology of the present'' revealed with aesthetic, fictional and documentary values.
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.
WORK IN PROGRESS
> Project COSMOS, with the SONY GRANT SUPPORT (February 2017), USA desert (Texas, New-Mexico, Arizona, Utah).
> 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 ( November ) Thierry Bigaignon Gallery, 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
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, France.
RDV Gallery / Multiple #6, Nantes, France.
Tbilisi photo festival : Night of photography (17 September 2016), Georgie.
Voyage à Nantes, rue des Vieilles-Douves, Curating : École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nantes Métropole, France.
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, France.
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, (22 April – 8 May), Somerset House, London, UK.
Kolga Tbilisi photo 2016, Tbilisi, Georgia.
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.
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.
Professional Photography Magazine ( august 2016, distribute in UK and USA)
ARCH+, (German Magazine / Architecture and Urbanism)
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)
Virtual Gallery APRIA (Association for Research and image production in anthropology and art)
Polka magazine / Article
RESIDENCY / GRANT
Under The Sand / Artist residency at the Lieu Unique (November 15, 2017 to 30 January 2018) , Nantes, FR.
Grant of the Superior School of Fine Arts in Nantes Metropolis for the Art-residency Fieldwork Marfa (October 2017), Texas, USA.
SONY GRANT SUPPORT, for the Project COSMOS: USA desert (February 2017, Texas, New-Mexico, Arizona, Utah).
Artist 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).
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.
DNSEP (Fine Art Master degree ), in the Superior School of Fine Arts in Nantes Metropolis (ESBANM), France.