Mélanie Pavy lives and works between Corsica and Paris.
Initially a filmmaker, her practice has gradually moved towards more experimental forms, taking the form of installations, performances and stories that question our ability to think about loss, between reality and speculation.
After studying history and anthropology, she obtained a postgraduate degree in cinema at the University of Jussieu (DEMC) and 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 videos have been shown in museums and art centres such as the Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg), La Villette, the Bal, the Gaîté Lyrique, the Cité Internationale des Arts, la Galerie les Filles du Calvaire, the museum of Quai Branly or the Centro San Martín (Argentina).
Her texts have been published in collective works or scientific and literary reviews such as Terrain, Critique, Les Cahiers du Musée National d’Art Moderne 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.
Melanie Pavy also directed a feature film, well received by critics when it was released in June 2015. For her direction, Mélanie Pavy was a resident at Villa Kujoyama in Kyôto for seven months in 2012.
She 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, Melanie Pavy 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.