Biography

Nadège Mériau's experimental practice is principally photographic but also encompasses sculptural installations and video work. Best known for her use of organic matter - bread, chicken carcasses, honeycomb - her visceral and sensuous imagery both seduces and disorientates. Spaces are ambiguous and scale is distorted. For each piece Mériau exercises both control and restraint, manipulating and coaxing her materials into certain behaviours or forms, whilst simultaneously allowing nature to take its course. Interested in making our experience of the digital and photographic more embodied, Nadège Mériau brings her apparatus - camera, photosensitive paper or flatbed scanner - close to natural organisms. In doing so, she draws the viewer into an immediate and sensory encounter with the subject of their scrutiny.Yet, with closeness distance often occurs and things are seen anew, be it lichen on a concrete wall (In These Times), the underbelly of snails (The Fall) or traces of fish skins on a baking tray (They Who Eat My Flesh).These works not only explore the sense of touch but our sense of belonging and disconnection, to and from one another, our environment and all that is beyond human.

Nadège Mériau is a French artist based in London. She completed an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries and the Conran Award in 2011, nominated for the Arts Foundation Fellowship and the Arles Discovery Award in 2012 and the Prix Pictet 2014. Recent exhibitions include Nothing To Look But The Past, Tulca Arts Festival, Galway City of Culture 2020, Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019, RWA Bristol, Auto//Fiction, Exhibition and Symposium, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London and 209 Women at Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament and Impressions Gallery, Bradford.

Education

2009-2011 - MA Photography at the RCA, London, UK
1994-1997 - BA Photography Bournemouth Art Institute, UK

Exhibitions & Residencies

2020

Nothing To Look Forward But The Past, group exhibition curated by Gregory McCartney, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts’ UnSelfing Programme, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture
ONLINE via Abridged and printed publication
1 December 2020 - 25 March 2021 (see website)

2019

209 WOMEN tours to Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 28 Feb -14 April
SWAP Edition No. 4 : BREX-kit launched at Creekside Projects in Deptford , 21- 24 March
Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019, RWA, Bristol, 15 June -1 Sept
Auto//Fiction exhibition and symposium , Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, 8 - 12 July.

2018

London Art Fair 2018, Jessica Carlisle, 17-21 January
Little Clown, My Heart curated by Whatmore & Smith, Arthouse1, 25 Jan-18 Feb, London
Artist In Residence at Merchant House, Symi, Greece, 4-20 April
Keller Projects Consistently Inconsistent Performance Fest,16 June (Collaboration with artist Helen Barff), London.
Mycotopia screened by Anexinema at the Social Art Summit, Sheffield on 1 & 2 November
209 Women, Group Exhibition at Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, Dec 18-Feb 19

2017

London Art Fair with Jessica Carlisle , 17-22 January.
The Ned Art Collection, The Vault, The Ned, London. Launch 25th April
Antennae, at Lubomirov/ Angus-Hugues, 12-14 May, London.
Antennae, Platforms Project 2017, Arts Centre , Athens, 20-25 May.
Summer Exhibition 2017, Royal Academy of Art, London , 13 June-20 August

2016

Romanticism and the Sublime curated by Jonty Levin, Lubomirov-Angus-Hugues, London 30th Sept-23rd October
Secret European Studio curated by Paul Carey Kent , Arthouse1, London, 7-30 July
Why is it always December? curated by Greg Mac Cartney, Millenium Arts Court Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland, April-June
Aylesbury as Home curated by Hannah Flemming , Geffrye Museum, London, April-Sept
The Collective , Solo Show in Balzagette Room, The House of St Barnabas, London, Feb-June
London Art Fair with Jessica Carlisle, January

2015

Animism curated by Jessica Carlisle, London December 2015
Sluice Art Fair with curators Day & Gluckman , London October 2015.
Demimonde curated by Slate Projects, Amberwood House, 17a Thurloe Place, SW7 2SA, London, 10-18 January 2015
Home Futures Creativeworks Award and Residency at The Centre for Studies of Home, Queen Mary University, London, 1 Feb-31 April 2015

2014

Academy Now I Bologna, The Art Defender, Bologna, Italy, 25th Jan-14th Feb 2014
Screening of Lifeline II as part of SPUD collaboration, Anna Lindh Foundation,
Taroudant , Morroco, 9-13 April 2014.
Arts Depot Open ,Millly Apthorp Gallery, Arts Depot, London.
Biennale Internationale de L'Image, Site Alstom, Nancy, France, 3-18 May 2014.
Minutes Passing Slowly, Emma Critchley and Nadege Meriau, Regency Town House, Brighton Photo Fringe and Biennale, 3-19 October 2014

2013

Academy Now, curated by Laura Petrillo, Hanmi Gallery, London 13-20 January 2013
Winter Open,The Florence Trust, London, February 2013
Au Centre de la Terre, Festival Les Photographiques, Centre des Expositions Paul Courboulay, Le Mans, France, 9-31 March 2013
Rushing to Paradise, The Royal Standard Project Space, 30th May-1st June 2013
Mycotopia, Solo show curated by Jude Benett, Anarch Gallery, Enclave Projects, Deptford, London 15th June- 31st August 2013
Antechamber curated by Day&Gluckman, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London 20th-June-2nd October 2013
Summer Show curated by Paul Bailey, The Florence Trust, London, 5th-14th July 2013
Colony curated by Anarch, 14 Warren Street, 5th-20th December

2012

Snow, Ilan Engel Gallery, 10th November 2012- 20th January 2013
Tulca Arts Festival, Galway, November 2012, Ireland
Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed, Photographer's Gallery,September 2012.
Florence Trust Residency August 2012-July 2013, London
To the Centre of the Earth, Solo Show curated by Isabel de Vasconcellos as part of Global Feast during the Olympics, Old Stratford Town Hall
Discovery Award, Solo Show, Les Rencontres Internationales, July-Sept 2012 , Arles, France.
Photosoup Group Show including artists Melanie Stildoph, Ej Major and Eti Wade, Unit 24 Gallery, April 2012, London.
Group Show curated by Olivier Richon, Senior Common Room, Royal College of Art, Sept 2012- Sept 2013, London

2011

RCA Work in Progress Show , Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London.
SHOW BATTERSEA , Royal College of Art, London.
Trick of the Light curated by Nick Kaplony, Core Gallery,London.
Summer Show, Hoopers Gallery,London
Sustain RCA Show & Award 2011, London Design Festival, Lower Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
Brighton Fringe Open'11 Exhibition ,curatorial collective, mentor Charlotte Cotton, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
RCA Secret, Gulbenkian Gallery, Royall College of Art, London

2010

MA Interim Show , Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
Album curated by Morgan Quaintance, Wolstenholme Project Space, Liverpool Biennal Independants, Liverpool.
Duets and Duels curated by Louise Clement, Kaunas Photography Festival 2010, Lithuania.
RCA Secret Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London.
Undercurrents, Fringe Focus Space,Brighton Photo Fringe Festival, Brighton.

2009

Mise en Scene, Solo Show curated by Louise Clement as part of the Format International Photography Festival, The Quad,Derby, UK.

2008

Curious Nature curated by Day+Gluckman, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London and toured to Newlyn Art Gallery,Cornwall.

2007

Art for Aid JCI Sotheby’s UNICEF Juried Exhibition, Amsterdam
Voies Off Selection Internationale, Les Rencontres d'Arles.
Bloedmooi >curated by Silvia B,Group Exhibition including Karen Knorr, Alexander Mac Queen and Risk Hazekamp at the Historish Museum,Rotterdam.

Awards & Grants

Leverhulme Trust Grant for Aylesbury As Home collaborative exhibition with geographer Dr Richard Baxter at The Geffrye Museum, London., 2016
Creativeworks London Award and Residency at Queen Mary University and the Centre for Studies for Home, Geffrye Museum, London., 2015
Millly Apthorp First Prize, Arts Depot Open, London., 2014
Nominated by Laura Noble for Prix Pictet 2014 ( Consumption), 2013
Nominated for the Arts Foundation Fellowship 2013 for
Still Life Photography, 2012
Nominated for Discovery Award (Prix de la decouverte)
Les rencontres d'Arles., 2012
Nominated for Lumi Art Award, 2011
Shortlisted for Hoopers Award , 2011
Winner Sustain RCA Honorary Mention Award, 2011
Shortlisted for Conran Award, 2011
Shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2011
Nominated for the National Magazine Award, 2010
Winner, Creative Review Annual., 2008
Nominated for the Sovereign European Art Prize by Greg Hobson, 2008
Winner Rencontres d'Arles Photo Folio Review and Gallery Prize, nominated by Benoit Rivero (Actes Sud)., 2007
Selected for the Art4Aid Exhibition and Unicef Auction, Amsterdam., 2007
Winner, Schweppes Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2005

Press

Review by Rachel Campbell-Johnson of Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019 in the Times, with reference to Au Centre de la Terre (see website), 2019
Interview by Vangardist, a progressive men magazine based in Vienna, Austria (see website), 2018
Interview in Le Petit Journal by Solène Lanza (see website), 2017
An Inside Perspective, HATCH Magazine, Issue 04, Summer 2016 (see website), 2016
Interview by Tristan Hooper for Fauna & Flora , 17 May (see website), 2015
Review by Nicolas Johnson in Art Selector
http://www.artselector.com/review/20750/…
Work published in Poetry and Art magazine Abridge 0_28
http://abridgedonline.com/wp-content/upl
Article by Amy Marjoram in Issue 5 of Excerpt magazine
http://excerptmagazine.com
Essay by Erik Vroons in Gup magazine
http://www.gupmagazine.com/articles/447-…
Close Encounters by Colin Pantal in BJP, May Issue , 2013 (see pdf), 2013
Article in Gault&Millau Magazine, France, November 2012
Interview by Carrie Levy in Wired, September 7, 2012-10-13
http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2012/09/nad…
Review by Laura Noble, Laura Noble blog, July 2012
http://www.lauraannnoble.blogspot.co.uk/…
Review by Margaux Buyck , The Artship, August 24, 2012
http://theartship.it/home/dlyaivxy/publi…
Review in Karveelt in Wonderland blog, August 9, 2012
http://karveelt-in-wonderland.over-blog.…
Review by Posi+tive Magazine, July 12 2012
http://www.positive-magazine.com/photogr…
Review by Lunettes Rouges, Le Monde blog, July 30, 2012
http://lunettesrouges.blog.lemonde.fr/20…, 2012
Review by Geraldine Dormoy, L’Express blog, July 16,2012
http://blogs.lexpress.fr/styles/cafe-mod…
Review by Francis Hodgson, Financial Times Blog, July 13, 2012
http://francishodgson.com/2012/07/13/eva…
Review by Sean O’ Hagan, The Guardian, July 8, 2012
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2…
Article by Hugh Mooney in RWA Bristol Art Magazine, Spring 2012
http://issuu.com/rwabristol/docs/rwa_art…, 2012
Contact Editions Blog, November 2011
http://www.contacteditions.co.uk/nadege-…
Art Review, The Week, August 20, 2011
Artist Newsletter, June/July 2011
Review by Bridget Croaker , Troika Editions blog, June 2011
http://www.troikaeditions.co.uk/troikata…
Review by Bradley Hayman in Artcritiqued blog, July 5,2011
http://artcritiqued.com/2011/07/05/world…, 2011
Spectrum, Sunday Times, March 2009, 2009
Review by Rupert White, Art Cornwall , April 26, 2008 (see website), 2008
Metro Art Review, November 11, 2005, 2005

Publications

Nothing To Look Forward But The Past publication and catalogue, Abridged 72, edited by Gregory Mc Cartney and Susanna Galbraith
Petites Morts in the ROT issue of The Learned Pig, July 2020 (see website)
The Way Out is In, Eris issue of Abridged, June 2020 (see website)
SPUD (2009-2019) by Deirdre O’Mahony - March 2020 (see website)
Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019 RWA catalogue published by Sansom & Company
The Learned Pig's Wolf Crossing editorial season , spring/summer 2017 (see website)
Abridged 0_45 Why is it always December? Exhibition Catalogue, Spring 2016
Biennale Internationale de L'Image de Nancy catalogue, Collection Album, France.
Prix Pictet Consumption Book published by Te Neues
Academy Now catalogue published by Damiani
Poli Revue No 7, Les Imaginaire Comestibles.
Florence Trust 2013 catalogue
Abridged 0_28 Poetry and Photography Magazine edited by Greg Mac Cartney, NI
Tulca Arts Festival catalogue, November 2012
Rencontres Arles Photography 2012, Actes Sud.
Hardcover, Blackdog Publishing, 2011
Brighton Photo Fringe catalogue, 2011
Brighton Photo Fringe Festival catalogue, October 2010
Photocinema, Format Festival catalogue
Bloodmoi , Historisch Museum Rotterdam Exhibition catalogue
Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery Catalogue, 2005