Melanie Manchot / Adam's Court, The City of London 2021
CREDIT: © Melanie Manchot HonFRPS / Adam's Court, The City of London 2021

RPS Awards Talks... Melanie Manchot with John Slyce

Event info

In this on-going series of 'in conversations', hear leading individuals talk about how they use photography as artists, scientists, educators, publishers and curators. All our speakers are recent RPS Award recipients who have been recognised for their contribution to the photography. They are discussing their work with those who know them well.

All talks and links to recordings (where available) in the series can be seen here:

John Slyce is a writer and critic based in London. He works through producing writing and criticism with a specialist interest in art, language and sign. John read modern history and politics at the University of Florida, languages and history at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland and history and critical theory at the University of Michigan. John has written on contemporary art and culture while living in London since 1996 and has kept contact with Melanie Manchot and her work for nearly as long.

London-based artist Melanie Manchot HonFRPS employs photography, film, video and sound to form a sustained enquiry into notions of individual and collective identities. Performance-to-camera, reconstruction and participation as well as location-based research are recurring methodologies. Photographic and moving-image works operate across documentary and staged events to investigate how fact, fiction, narrative and observation offer strategies for speaking about our shifting place in an increasingly mediated world. Manchot is currently in production for her first feature film, commissioned by Liverpool Biennial.

John and Melanie will discuss some of Melanie’s recent and current work-in-progress, in particular a series of photographs started during the pandemic and her feature film for which the main production has been completed over the summer. In this context they will discuss wider questions that are of interest to both - such as the complex relationship between photography and moving image, performativity, portraiture and processes of relational and situated image making.

The 'in conversation' will be followed by a public Q+A. Questions will be taken by Zoom chat or can be emailed in advance. Your Zoom link will be sent in PDF with your booking confirmation. 

Event Organiser

Jo Macdonald


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This is an online event. The RPS will do its best to ensure that it keeps to the published timings and runs as planned. In the unlikely event that the event has to be cancelled all participants will be advised by email at the earliest opportunity.  No responsibility will be accepted for any consequential losses.



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