Biography

Alexis Cordesse (Paris, 1971) is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video and sound. At the age of 20, he travelled to Iraq where he took his first photographs, which were published in the Independent Magazine (UK). He carried on working for the press as a photo-reporter, in France and abroad (Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Bosnia, etc). 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. Linking politics and representation, he produces hybrid photographic objects which explore the part of lack of the images. His artistic research is based on a critical reflection on the responsibility of the images and the ethics of the testimony.

His work has been shown at the Dokumenta XI (Kassel, 2002), at the ICP (New York, 2003), during the Month of Photography (Paris, 2010 & 2017). It is also held in many permanent collections, including the French National Library, the French National Art Collection of Contemporary Art, the FRAC Auvergne, the Nicephore Niepce Museum, the Neuflize OBC collection. He was awarded Lucien & Rodolf Herve Prize in 2010, and Arcimboldo Prize in 2011.

 

Selected 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
Borderlines, 20e Rencontres photographiques, Lorient, 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
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 exhibitions

2018
A museum for Palestine, Institut of the arabic world, Tourcoing

2017
A museum for Palestine, 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, Bourg-en-Bresse, France

2013
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

Borderlines, portfolio – Nicéphore Niépce Museum & Artothèque de Caen, 2011

Catalog Lucien & Rodolf Hervé Prize 2010, Vimagie, 2010

Clichy sans clichés, Robert Delpire / Acte Sud publishers, 2006

Du Beau Travail!, with Zoé Varier, Editions Trans Photographic Press, 2005

Europa, l’esprit des villes, Editions Lieux dits, 2004

Generation X, World Press Photo Masterclass – First Decade, Gijs Stork Publisher, 2004

2/15 – The day the world say no to the war, Editions Hello, New York, 2003

Strangers : The first ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, Steidl, Germany, 2003

 

Awards & Grants

• Grant for contemporary documentary photography, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, FR, 2019

• Grant National Fondation for Graphics and Plastics Arts,  FR, 2016

• Shortlisted Niepce Prize, FR, 2016

• Arcimboldo Prize,  FR, 2011

• Lucien & Rodoph Hervé Prize, FR, 2010

• Grant of research, Centre National des Arts Plastiques,  FR, 2010

• Shortlisted for the Villa Medicis – French Academy in Rome, FR, 2010

• Shortlisted Neuflize-Vie Foundation Award, FR, 2010

• Merit Award, San Fransisco International Film Festival, USA, 1997

• Mention special, Bilbao international short-film festival, SP, 1997

• 3rd prize Observer Hodge Award, UK, 1995

• World Press Photo Masterclass, NL, 1993

 

Collections

• French National Library

• French National Collection of Contemporary Art

• FRAC Auverge

• Nicéphore Niépce Museum

• Neuflize OBC 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, with Eyal Sivan, docu – 13′ Momento! & Etat d’urgence
Burundi under terror, with Eyal Sivan, docu – 13′ – Momento! & Etat d’urgence production

 

Workshops & lectures

2017
Ciné Fabrique, National school of cinema & multimedias, Lyon, France (workshop)

2016
Ciné Fabrique, National school of cinema & multimedias, Lyon, France (workshop)
French Institut, Cotonou, Benin (workshop)

2015
Ciné Fabrique, National school of cinema & multimedias, Lyon, France (workshop)

2014
Albert Khan Museum, Boulogne-Billancourt, France (lecture)

2013
Imperial War Museum, London, UK (lecture)

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, seminar of Michel Poivert, INHA, Paris, France

2011
Workshop, National School of Fine Arts, Châlon s/s Saône, France