Melanie Manchot – Cadence, 2018

<p>This short video loop starts with a blank page. White. No orientation, scale, dimension. Until the edge of the frame is broken. From an aerial viewpoint we see a dark horse being led into what now reveals itself as a blank snowy landscape. Walking in a circle, it inscribes a trail of footprints into the snow, creating a kind of drawing. After a number of clockwise and anti-clockwise rotations, horse and trainer depart the frame as they entered, leaving behind their inscription, concentric circles printed into the white. The scene is highly formal yet balances notions of nature and human agency. It also offers an echo of previous film works using choreography, dancing and processions.</p> <p></p> <p><em>Cadence&nbsp;</em>is from Manchot’s ongoing series of ‘mountainworks’ and was first exhibited in the artist’s solo exhibition at Parafin, London, in 2018. One edition is in the Government Art Collection, London.</p> <p></p> <p>–</p> <p></p> <p>Since 1997 Melanie Manchot (born 1966, Witten, Germany) has exhibited internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Centre Pasquart, Biel (2019), MAC/VAL, Paris (2018) Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2016), Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth (2016), fig-2 at the ICA, London (2015), Toronto Photography Festival (2012), Nuit Blanche, Paris (2011) and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2010). Her work is included in important public and private collections including the Arts Council Collection, London, Government Art Collection, London, FMAC, Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain, Paris and the Brooklyn Museum, New York. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the prestigious Jarman Award. The artist lives and works in London.</p> <p></p>