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.
Exhibitions & Residencies
She Speaks Up, group exhibition curated by Sharon Young at 228 Chingford Mount Road, London, 2-20 Nov 2022
JOYA AIR Residency in Spain, June 2022 (see website)
ONLINE via Abridged and printed publication, 1 December 2020 - 25 March 2021 (see website)
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Still Life Photography, 2012
Les rencontres d'Arles., 2012
Work published in Poetry and Art magazine Abridge 0_28
Article by Amy Marjoram in Issue 5 of Excerpt magazine
Essay by Erik Vroons in Gup magazine
Close Encounters by Colin Pantal in BJP, May Issue , 2013 (see pdf), 2013
Interview by Carrie Levy in Wired, September 7, 2012-10-13
Review by Laura Noble, Laura Noble blog, July 2012
Review by Margaux Buyck , The Artship, August 24, 2012
Review in Karveelt in Wonderland blog, August 9, 2012
Review by Posi+tive Magazine, July 12 2012
Review by Lunettes Rouges, Le Monde blog, July 30, 2012
Review by Francis Hodgson, Financial Times Blog, July 13, 2012
Review by Sean O’ Hagan, The Guardian, July 8, 2012
Article by Hugh Mooney in RWA Bristol Art Magazine, Spring 2012
Art Review, The Week, August 20, 2011
Artist Newsletter, June/July 2011
Review by Bridget Croaker , Troika Editions blog, June 2011
Review by Bradley Hayman in Artcritiqued blog, July 5,2011
Prix Pictet Consumption Book published by Te Neues
Poli Revue No 7, Les Imaginaire Comestibles.
Florence Trust 2013 catalogue
Abridged 0_28 Poetry and Photography Magazine edited by Greg Mac Cartney, NI
Rencontres Arles Photography 2012, Actes Sud.
Brighton Photo Fringe catalogue, 2011