Artist and Researcher

Mélanie Pavy lives and works between Corsica and Paris.

Originally a filmmaker, her practice gradually shifts towards more experimental forms, taking the shape of installations, performances, and narratives that explore, between reality and fabulation, our capacity to contemplate loss.

After studying history and anthropology, she earned a Master’s degree in cinema from the University of Jussieu (DEMC) and completed a practise-based PhD in Arts (SACRe) at Fémis and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, which was awarded a special mention by the jury in the “Art, Aesthetics, Literature” category of the PSL Thesis Prize 2021 (presided over by Nicole Brenez).

Her works are exhibited in museums and art centers such as the Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg), La Villette, Le Bal, La Gaîté Lyrique, Cité Internationale des Arts, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Musée du Quai Branly, and Centro San Martín (Argentina).

Her narratives are published in collective works or scientific and literary journals such as Terrain, Critique, Les Cahiers du Musée National d’Art Moderne, and Les Carnets du Paysage.

Her first monographic exhibition, “Refuge-Oméga,” was honored as the favorite of the BAL Prize and the COAL Prize. It was presented at la Fémis, ENSP-Arles, and 3537 @ Hôtel de Coulanges, on an invitation by Ruth MacKenzie.

She has been a part of the Call it Anything collective for several years, a group of artists and scientists united to pursue various initiatives all centered around the Great East Japan Disaster of March 2011.

Additionally, Mélanie Pavy co-directed the feature film “Cendres” with Idrissa Guiro, released in theaters in 2015, and she was a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2020, the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto (Japan) in 2012, and the French Institute in São Paulo (Brazil) in 2008.


Awards

Support for the “Hotaru” project from the Corsican Territorial Collectivity

2020

Winner of the Art Explora residency grant

2020

Special mention PSL thesis prize “Art, Aesthetics, Literature” jury, chaired by Nicole Brenez

2020

Finaliste prix COAL

2019

DICRéAM (development and production) for the “citizen omega” project

2019

Support for the “citizen omega” project from the Corsican Territorial Collectivity

2019

Coup de cœur Prix du BAL

2018

Support for the “omega” project from the Corsican Territorial Collectivity

2018

DICRéAM (development and production) for the “omega” project

2018

Winner of the Villa Kujoyama residency grant

2012

Winner of the French Institute’s residency grant for the Year of France in Brazil.

2008