Marcel Duchamp Prize, 2015

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ADIAF_okThis year celebrates the fifteenth edition of the Marcel Duchamp Prize. Its main objective is to highlight the vibrant French Art scene. The Adiaf members select a list of four French-living artists showcasing them through exhibitions all around the world (Spain, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Tokyo, Korea).

The winner receives a 35,000 euros grant and, through their partnership with the Centre George Pompidou, a 3-month exhibition in Room 315. To date, more than 60 artists were selected, and 14 rewarded.

2015 Winner is:

Melik OHANIAN

photo courtesy Marc Domage

photo © Marc Domage

born in 1969 in Lyon, France
He lives and works in Paris and New York
He is represented by Galerie Chantal Crousel gallery

The jury wished to celebrate the coherent intention of the artist who for some twenty years has developed a very personal work based on a special focus of the relations between science, astrophysics and the visual arts, supported by a wide multiplicity of forms and mediums. Nourished by a solid culture of the image in all of its diversity, Melik Ohanian’s art draws its inspiration from the cinema’s own various procedures and from contemporary techniques of projection. The artist invents a work whose ambition is to take the world as its subject and assert that time is the motor of things. Constructed like a series of states of consciousness, Melik Ohanian’s powerfully allegorical work looks at the world through the filter of memory”, declared the President of the Jury.

For the Marcel Duchamp Prize, the artist made a series of seven photographs mounted into luminous panels and animated one second per minute by a change in the state of Caesium 133, a chemical element defining the universal second in atomic clocks. Inviting the viewer to experience a representation of the duration itself, Melik Ohanian draws us into grasping that in our world in the making, between real time and social time, nature in movement leads us to endlessly renewed experiences.

The Musée national d’art moderne will be hosting a solo Melik Ohanian show at the Centre Pompidou planned from the 1st of June to the 29th of August 2016. The ADIAF will award the winner a financial endowment of 35 000 euros and will participate in the production of the exhibition.

 

The four nominees in 2015 were:

Davide BALULA, Neïl BELOUFA, Melik OHANIAN and Zineb SEDIRA

Zineb Sedira installation
Zineb Sedira installation
Melik Ohanian, winner of the 2015 Marcel Duchamp Prize Installation wiew at FIAC Portrait of Duration, 2015 Seven photographs, light boxes with one second per minute animation 105 x 90 x 10 cm each Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. © Melik Ohanian Photo : Florian Kleinefenn
Melik Ohanian
Installation wiew at FIAC Portrait of Duration, 2015 Seven photographs, light boxes with one second per minute animation 105 x 90 x 10 cm each Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. © Melik Ohanian Photo : Florian Kleinefenn

 

Neil Beloufa installation
Neil Beloufa installation

 

Davide Balula Installation
Davide Balula Installation

 

2015 Selection committee

Claude Bonnin, Philippe Dolfi, Estelle Francès, Gilles Fuchs, Dorith Galuz, Thierry Gontier,
Michèle Guyot-Roze, Christine Macel, Jean-Pierre Pont, Didier Saulnier, Akemi Shiraha

2015 International jury

Bernard BLISTÈNE (France), Director of the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Gilles FUCHS (France), Collector, President of the ADIAF
Didier GRUMBACH (France), Collector
Hou HANRU (China-France), Artistic Director of the Maxxi, National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome
Jacqueline MATISSE-MONNIER (France-United States), Marcel Duchamp Association
Giuliana SETARI-CARUSI (Italy), Collector
René ZECHLIN (Germany), Director of the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen

2015 Reporters

Jean-Max Colard (Davide Balula), Art Critic and Exhibition Curator
Morad Montazami (Zineb Sedira), Curator-Researcher
Emilie Renard (Neïl Beloufa), Director of La Galerie, centre d’art contemporain of Noisy-le-Sec
Jean-Christophe Royoux (Melik Ohanian), Consultant for plastic arts and architecture, French Ministry of Culture and Communication

Previous Winners:

Thomas Hirschhorn (2000) – Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (2002) – Mathieu Mercier (2003) – Carole Benzaken (2004) – Claude Closky (2005) – Philippe Mayaux (2006) – Tatiana Trouvé (2007) – Laurent Grasso (2008) – Sâadane AFIF (2009) – Cyprien Gaillard (2010) – Mircea Cantor (2011) – Daniel Dewar et Grégory Gicquel (2012)- Latifa Echakhch (2013)- Julien Prévieux(2014).
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