About

Born in 1971 / French / lives and works in Paris, France.
Represented in Paris by LES DOUCHES LA GALERIE

At the age of 20, Alexis travelled to Iraq where he took his first photographs, which were published in the UK in The Independent Magazine. He carried on working for the press as a photo-reporter, in France and abroad (Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Bosnia, etc). His work on Somalia led to his first exhibition, in 1992, at the Visa pour l’Image festival in Perpignan, France. In 1995, he was selected to participate to the first World Press Masterclass (NL).

In the mid 90’s, in search of new forms, he went away from the practice of photojournalism and return to such places as Rwanda or Palestine with other plastic requirements. Sometimes adding words or sounds to the images, he produced hybrid photographic objects which explore the part of lack of the images. His artistic research feeds on a critical reflection on the responsibility of the images and the ethics of the testimony. Among other, he composed a trilogy about the genocide against the Tutsi that occurred in Rwanda: Itsembatsemba (1996), Confession (2004), Absences (2013).

His work has been shown at the Dokumenta XI (Kassel, 2002), at the ICP (New York, 2003), during the Month of Photography (Paris, 2010). It is also held in many permanent collections, including the French National Library, the French National Art Collection of Contemporary Art, the Nicephore Niepce Museum, the Neuflize Vie collection. He was awarded Lucien & Rodolf Herve Prize in 2010 and Arcimboldo Prize in 2011.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

  • Olympus, Maison des arts de Malakoff, France

2014

  • Rwanda, wounded vision, Kazerne Dossin museum, Mechelen, Belgium
  • Borderlines, Centre Atlantique de la Photographie, Brest, France
  • Rwanda, Les Douches The Gallery, Paris
  • Confession / Absences, Ikono Gallery, Brussells, Belgium
  • Rwanda, wounded vision, Armenian heritage center, Valence, France

2013

  • Borderlines, Khalil al Sakakini cultural center, Ramallah, Palestine
  • Public Pool, Confluence Gallery, Nantes, France

2012

  • Borderlines, French Institut, Jerusalem, Israël
  • Borderlines, French Institut, Gaza, Ramallah, Naplouse, Palestinians Territories
  • Borderlines, Artothèque de Caen, France

2011

  • Borderlines, Galerie Photo 12, Paris, France

2010

  • Borderlines, Ecole speciale d’Architecture, Month of Photography, Paris, France

2007

  • Rencontres photographiques, artist in residence, Saumur, France

2006

  • Good Work!, Atlantic Center of Photography, Brest, France
  • Good Work!, Agora Theater, Evry, France

2005

  • Good Work!, Ancienne Poste Gallery, Calais, France
  • Good Work!, La Manufacture, Nancy, France

2004

  • Public Pool, La Peripherie Gallery, Malakoff, France
  • Aux Quatre Chemins, Elsa Triolet Library, Pantin, France

2003

  • La Bruja, Nikon Images House Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2017

  • A palestinian museum, Institut of the arabic world, Paris

2016

  • The eye of the expert, Nicéphore Niépce museum, Chalon-sur-Saône, France
  • À fendre le cœur le plus dur, Témoigner la guerre / regards sur une archive, Center for Photography Île-de-France, Pontault-Combault

2015

  • A brief history of the futur, Louvre museum, Paris, France
  • “I love panoramas.” Appropriating the world, RATH museum, Geneva, Switzerland
  • I love panoramas.” Appropriating the world, MUCEM, Marseille, France
  • In all Directions, Nicéphore Niépce museum, Chalon-sur-Saône, France

2014

  • In the decay of the world, the grateful photography, H2M, espace d’art contemporain, Bourg-en-Bresse, France

2013

  • 20e Rencontres photographiques, Lorient, France
  • Jerusalem, Izmir, Alger, Les Douches The Gallery, Paris, France
  • Urbi & Orbi, Sedan Photo Biennale, France

2010

  • Clichy sans clichés, French Institut, Berlin, Germany

2006

  • Clichy sans clichés, Paris City Hall, France
  • Clichy sans clichés, Espace 93, Clichy-sous-Bois, France

2005

  • Prisoners of the image, Centre d’histoire de la résistance et de la déportation, Lyon, France

2004

  • 2/15 – The day the world say no to the war, Paul Smith, New York, USA
  • Europa the soul of the cities, Septembre de la Photographie, Lyon, France

2003

  • Strangers, First Triennial of Photography and Video, ICP, New York, USA, with Eyal Sivan

2002

  • Dokumenta 11, Kassel, Germany, with Eyal Sivan

BOOKS & CATALOGS

2011

  • Borderlines, limited edition portfolio – Nicéphore Niépce Museum & Artothèque de Caen

2010

  • Catalog Lucien & Rodolf Hervé Prize 2010, Vimagie, France

2006

  • Clichy sans clichés, Robert Delpire / Acte Sud publishers

2005

  • Du Beau Travail!, with Zoé Varier, Editions Trans Photographic Press

2004

  • Europa, l’esprit des villes, catalog festival September of Photography, Editions Lieux dits, France
  • Generation X, World Press Photo Masterclass – First Decade, Gijs Stork Publisher, Neetherlands

2003

  • 2/15 – The day the world say no to the war, Editions Hello, New York, USA
  • Strangers : The first ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, Steidl, Germany

AWARDS & GRANTS

2016

  • Grant National Fondation for Graphics and Plastics Arts,  Fr

2014

  • Shortlisted Niepce Prize, Fr

2011

  • Arcimboldo Prize,  Fr

2010

  • Lucien & Rodoph Hervé Prize, Fr

2010

  • Grant of research, National Center for Visual Arts (CNAP),  Fr

2010

  • Shortlisted for the Villa Medicis – French Academy in Rome

2010

  • Shortlisted Neuflize-Vie Foundation Award

1997

  • Merit Award, San Fransisco International Film Festival, USA

1997

  • Mention special, Bilbao international short-film festival, Spain

1995

  • 3rd prize Observer Hodge Award, UK

1993

  • World Press Photo Masterclass, NL

1992

  • Agena Prize, Fr

COLLECTIONS

  • French National Library
  • French National Art Collection of Contemporary Art
  • Nicéphore Niépce Museum
  • Neuflize Vie collection
  • Swiss Life Foundation
  • Artothèque d’Annecy
  • Private collections

FILMS

1997

  • Foca, Absolut Serbia, with Eyal Sivan, docu – 13′ – Momento! & Etat d’urgence production
  • Kaboul, war weary, with Eyal Sivan, docu – 13′  – Momento! & Etat d’urgence production

1996

  • Itsembatsemba, Rwanda one genocide later, with Eyal Sivan, docu – 13′ Momento! & Etat d’urgence
  • Burundi under terror, with Eyal Sivan, docu – 13′ – Momento! & Etat d’urgence production

WORKSHOPS & LECTURES

2016

  • Workshop, Ciné Fabrique, National school of cinema & multimedias, Lyon, France
  • Workshop, French Institut, Cotonou, Benin

2015

  • Workshop, Ciné Fabrique, National school of cinema & multimedias, Lyon, France

2014

  • Lecture, Albert Khan Museum, Boulogne-Billancourt, France

2013

  • Lecture, Imperial War Museum, London, UK

2012

  • Workshop, National School of Fine Arts, Châlon s/s Saône, France

2012

  • Workshop, Academy of Art, Ramallah, Palestine
  • Lecture, Nicéphore Niépce Museum, Châlon s/s Saône, France

2011

  • Lecture, Louis Lumière National High School, France
  • Jury member, Louis Lumière National High School, France
  • Lecture during seminar of Michel Poivert, INHA, Paris, France

2011

  • Workshop, National School of Fine Arts, Châlon s/s Saône, France