artist and cinema
Mélanie Pavy lives and works between Paris and Corsica. Initially a filmmaker, her work gradually turned towards experimental forms, combining video installations and literary narratives.
After studying history and anthropology, she obtained a postgraduate degree in cinema at the University of Jussieu (DEMC). She worked for a few months as an assistant to Véronique Godard at the French Embassy in New York and then to Agnès Varda at Ciné Tamaris, before working for ten years as a film editor. In 2020, she completed a art PhD programme (SACRe) at the Fémis and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, which was awarded a special mention by the “Art, Aesthetics, Literature” jury of the PSL 2021 Thesis Prize (chaired by Nicole Brenez).
Her first feature film, Ashes (co-directed with Idrissa Guiro), released in June 2015, was well received by critics. For her direction, Mélanie Pavy was a resident at Villa Kujoyama in Kyôto for seven months. This stay, which took place a few months after the triple disaster of 11 March 2011, left a deep impression on her. The video work she has been developing since then attempts to question our capacity to think and narrate the loss of the world. Her videos have been shown in museums and art centres such as the Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg), La Villette, the Bal, the Gaîté Lyrique and the Galerie les Filles du Calvaire. Her texts have been published in collective works or scientific and literary reviews such as Terrain, Critique or Les Carnets du Paysage. Her first solo exhibition, Refuge-Oméga, was awarded favourite at the Prix du BAL and the Prix COAL, and was presented at the Fémis, the ENSP-Arles and 3537 @ the Hôtel de Coulanges, at the invitation of Ruth MacKenzie.
Mélanie Pavy has also participated for several years in the Call it Anything collective, a group of artists and scientists united to pursue a series of initiatives all having the Great Disaster of Eastern Japan in common. In 2020, she was awarded the Art Explora grant and resides with the anthropologist Sophie Houdart at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, to develop a writing and performance project based on their common experiences in the Fukushima region.