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 power 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.

 

Solo exhibitions

2017
Olympus, Maison des arts de Malakoff, FR

2014
Rwanda, wounded vision, Kazerne Dossin museum, Mechelen, B
Borderlines, Centre Atlantique de la Photographie, Brest, FR
Rwanda, Les Douches The Gallery, Paris, FR
Confession / Absences, Ikono Gallery, Brussells, B
Rwanda, wounded vision, Armenian heritage center, Valence, FR

2013
Borderlines, Khalil al Sakakini cultural center, Ramallah, PAL
Public Pool, Confluence Gallery, Nantes, FR
Borderlines, 20e Rencontres photographiques, Lorient, FR

2012
Borderlines, French Institut, Jerusalem, ISR
Borderlines, French Institut, Gaza, Ramallah, Naplouse, PAL
Borderlines, Artothèque de Caen, FR

2011
Borderlines, Galerie Photo 12, Paris, FR

2010
Borderlines, Ecole speciale d’Architecture, Month of Photography, Paris, FR

2007
Artist in residence, Saumur, FR

2006
Good Work!, Atlantic Center of Photography, Brest, FR
Good Work!, Agora Theater, Evry, FR

2005
Good Work!, Ancienne Poste Gallery, Calais, FR
Good Work!, La Manufacture, Nancy, FR

2004
Public Pool, La Peripherie Gallery, Malakoff, FR
Aux Quatre Chemins, Elsa Triolet Library, Pantin, FR

2003
La Bruja, Nikon Images House Gallery, Zürich, CH

 

Selected group exhibitions

2020
Les Douches Gallery at Vichy Portrait(s) festival, FR

2019
Contre-History, Hôtel Fontfreyde, Center for photography Clermont Ferrand, FR

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

2017
A museum for Palestine, Institut of the arabic world, Paris, FR

2016
The eye of the expert, Nicéphore Niépce museum, Chalon-sur-Saône, FR
À fendre le cœur le plus dur, Témoigner la guerre / regards sur une archive, Center for Photography Île-de-France, Pontault-Combault, FR

2015
A brief history of the futur, Louvre museum, Paris, FR
“I love panoramas.” Appropriating the world, RATH museum, Geneva, CH
“I love panoramas.” Appropriating the world, MUCEM, Marseille, FR
In all Directions, Nicéphore Niépce museum, Chalon-sur-Saône, FR

2014
In the decay of the world, the grateful photography, H2M, Bourg-en-Bresse, FR

2013
Jerusalem, Izmir, Alger, Les Douches The Gallery, Paris, FR
Urbi & Orbi, Sedan Photo Biennale, FR

2010
Clichy sans clichés, French Institut, Berlin, D

2006
Clichy sans clichés, Paris City Hall, FR
Clichy sans clichés, Espace 93, Clichy-sous-Bois, FR

2005
Prisoners of the image, Centre d’histoire de la résistance et de la déportation, Lyon, FR

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, FR

2003
Strangers, First Triennial of Photography and Video, ICP, New York, USA, with Eyal Sivan

2002
Dokumenta 11, Kassel, Germany, with Eyal Sivan, D

 

Books & Catalogs

I wandered through the drowsiness of opposite worlds, limited edition portfolio, selfpublished, 2020

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

Catalog Lucien & Rodolf Hervé Prize 2010, Vimagie, FR, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Awards & Grants

2020
Shortlisted Luma Rencontres Dummy Award Arles 2020

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

2016
Grant National Fondation for Graphics and Plastics Arts,  FR

2016
Shortlisted Niepce Prize, FR

2011
Arcimboldo Prize,  FR

2010
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

1997
Merit Award, San Fransisco International Film Festival, USA

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

1995
3rd prize Observer Hodge Award, UK

1993
World Press Photo Masterclass, NL

 

Collections

Nicéphore Niépce Museum

French National Library

French National Collection of Contemporary Art

Rencontres d’Arles

FRAC Auverge

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, FR (workshop)

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

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

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

2013
Imperial War Museum, London, UK (lecture)

2012
Workshop, National School of Fine Arts, Châlon s/s Saône, FR

2012
Workshop, Academy of Art, Ramallah, PAL
Lecture, Nicéphore Niépce Museum, Châlon s/s Saône, FR

2011
Lecture, Louis Lumière National High School, FR
Jury member, Louis Lumière National High School, FR
Lecture, seminar of Michel Poivert, INHA, Paris, FR

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