ISABELLE  LE  MINH    BIOGRAPHY



Isabelle Le Minh is a French artist born in Schötmar (Germany) who lives in Paris, France

She first studied Mathematics and graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Caen (FR) and from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles (Master of Fine Arts with honors) .

Witn an engineering degree in material science, she settled in Berlin in 1989 to work as a patent examiner. She finally left behind her career to devote herself to photography.

Whereas in her earlier works she was concerned by the photographic representation of the real, the digital revolution and the vagaries of life led her to then drift away from photography to reflect upon the image in a broader way and to extend her area of creation to contemporary art. She now conceives resolutely conceptual works, which take all kind of forms .

Isabelle Le Minh is also a curator and a professor of photography. She has a long experience teaching photography at the EsadhaR Rouen, before joining the HEAR, Strasbourg Highschool of Art & Design in 2018.

She is represented by the Christophe Gaillard Gallery in Paris.


STATEMENT :

"Some years ago, as I became aware to what point the digital revolution had resolutely changed our relationship to photography, I decided to drop my traditional practice of the medium. Gradually, I started to tackle more conceptual works where photography becomes its own object of reflection: no longer photography as means of representing the world but art as means of questioning photography.

Often appropriating and reconfiguring the works of other artists, I try to conceive polysemous pieces that play on words and signs, embedding tributes, quotes and détournements in a more or less overt fashion.

By speculating on the nature of the image, as well as questionning the means of photographic production through its history, myths or iconography, I try to reactivate the History of photography, renewing its relevance in the world today. Thus, with a touch of derision, I adress the shifting contours of photography but also the concept of originality in a standardized world where images proliferate."



AWARDS & HONORS :


2019      Artist in Residence at the Villa Kujoyama, Kyoto, Japan

     

2018      Artist in Residence at Bloomington School of Art, architecture + Design, Indiana University, USA

     

2017      Shortlisted for the Images Vevey Book Award

     

2016       Artist book award recipient from the Adagp (Société des Auteurs dans les Arts graphiques et plastiques)

               Shortlisted for the Arles Dummy Book Award, Rencontres d'Arles

     

2015      Creation Grant from the French Ministry of Culture, DRAC Normandie

     

2014       Nominated to the Niepce Prize

               Artist in Residence at the French Society of Photography, Paris

     

2013      Grant from the Fnagp (National Foundation for Graphic & Visual Arts)

     

2012      Nomination to the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, longlist

     

2011       Grant for her first solo show in a gallery, National Center for Fine Arts (CNAP), French Ministry of Culture

                Nominated to the Opline Prize, contemporary art award

                Creation grant from the Ville de Paris, department of the arts in the city

     

2009      Creation Grant from the French Ministry of Culture, DRAC Normandie

     

2004      Installation Grant from the French Ministry of Culture, DRAC Normandie

     

2003      Trafik award (1rst prize), prize for fine art photography, Ensad Paris

               Creation Grant from the French Ministry of Culture, DRAC Normandie

     

2000      Jeune Création, Young Creation Award (1rst prize), prize for contemporary art, Paris



SOLO SHOWS (SELECTION) :


2020      Isabelle Le Minh, Cristal Réel. Alfred Ehrhard, Ehrhardt Foundation, Berlin, curated by Sonia Voss

     

2019       NOT THE END, CRP/, Douchy-les-Mines, curated by Muriel Enjalran

               Before Something New, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris

               Cristal Réel. Alfred Ehrhard. Isabelle Le Minh, Goethe Institut, Paris, curated by Sonia Voss

     

2017      After Photography, Frac Rouen Normandie, curated by Véronique Souben

     

2016      Vienna Contemporary, solo show, Vienna, Austria

     

2015      Tous décavés, SBC Gallery, Le Mois de la photographie à Montréal, curated by Joan Fontcuberta

               Stanger than paradigm : Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris

     

2014      Trop tôt, trop tard : French Society of Photography, Paris

     

2013       Worshipers of the sun : Mulhouse Museum of Fine Arts, France (curated by Anne Immelé)

               Über etwas im Bilde : Muret Art Center, France

     

2012       After photography : Solo show at Paris Photo, booth of the Galerie Christophe Gaillard

               Solo show, ABC Berlin : booth of the Galerie Christophe Gaillard

               Reality Killed The Cat : Les Rencontres d'Arles, Grande Halle sncf, Arles

     

2011      Why din't you make it larger ? Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris

               Solo Project : Swab, Fira de Barcelona, Spain

     

2009      SOON : Wharf, Center for Contemporary Arts, Hérouville-St-Clair, France

     

2005      Tableaux : Galerie Lumen, Images du Pôle, Orléans, France

     

2003      Entre-Laps : Station Mir, Hérouville-Saint-Clair, France

     

2000       Abattoir : Le Mois Off de la Photo, Pantin, France

               Parures : Young creation award exhibition, Paris



GROUP SHOWS (SELECTION) :


2021       Noir & Blanc, Une esthétique de la photographie, Grand Palais, Paris

     

2020       Les Vies Minuscules, Viva Villa, Collection Lambert, Avignon

               La photographie au regard de l'abstraction, Centre Photographique d'Île de France

               APPARATUS, Frac Grand Large, Dunkerque

     

2019       Ecouter la nature, La Nuit Blanche, The Terminal, Kyoto, Japan     

          

2018       Résonance, Musée des beaux-arts de Rouen and Frac Normandie Rouen

               Déjà-Vu, Kehrer Galerie Berlin, withThibault Brunet (curated by Sonia Voss)

     

2017       Art in Art, MOCAK (Museum of contemporary art, Krakow), Poland

               Adieu la Photographie ! Maison Hamel-Bruneau, Québec, Canada (curated by Hélène Matte)

               Paris Photo, duo show with Marina Gadonneix,  Galerie Christophe Gaillard

     

2016       Équilibre instable, la collection Poitevin, Chapelle du Carmel, Libourne, France, curated by Thierry Saumier

               Portrait de l'artiste en alter, Frac Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France, curated by Véronique Souben

               Luma Dummy Book Award, Atelier de mécanique, Les Rencontres d'Arles

               Déconstruction photographique, Espace Topographie de l'art, Paris, curated by Catherine Rebois

               Ouvrage, Gallery Twenty 14 Contemporary, Milan, curated by Magali Avezou

               Between the lines, Rozz Barr Gallery, London, curated by Magali Avezou

               Artissima, Turino, Italy

               Galeristes, Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, booth of Galerie Christophe Gaillard

               Burning with pleasure, Materia Gallery, Rome, curated by Magali Avezou

     

2015       Lady Made, Espace Le Carré, Lille, curated by Renato Casciani

               The Housebreaker, Riga Art Space (Latvia), curated by Gaël Charbeau,

               Hôtel Dunkerque, Frac Nord - Pas de Calais, curated by Klara Wallner

               Choices, Collectors Weekend, Beaux-Arts de Paris (Ensba), curated by Alfred Pacquement

     

2014       À l'envers, à l'endroit... Île de France Center for Photography, Potault-Combaut

               Le moindre geste, Grandes Galeries de l'Esadhar, Rouen, France

               Je suis là : Vous êtes ici, Haubourdin, France

               One Step Beyond, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris

               Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands

               OFFicielle Art Fair, Paris

     

2013       Sous influences, La Maison Rouge, Paris (curated by Antoine Perpère)

               La Collection Joseph Kouli, Mains d'œuvres, Saint-Ouen, France

               Vienna Fair, booth of the Galerie Christophe Gaillard

               Paris Photo, booth of the Galerie Christophe Gaillard

     

2012       Read into it, Dorfman Projects, New York

               Réelle présence, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris

     

2011       Art for Life, Art for Living, Fira de Barcelone, LAB'BEL  (curated by Silvia Guerra & Laurent Fiévet)

               The title as the curator's art-piece, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris  

     

2010      55ème Salon d'art contemporain de Montrouge (curated by Stéphane Corréard)

     

2009      Unsustainable Art : Faux Jumeaux, SMAK, City Museum for Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium




CURATED PROJECTS


2014     One Step Beyond (with Isabelle Le Minh, Constance Nouvel, Christiane Seiffert, Kate Steciw, Jordan Tate, Hannah Whitaker, Letha Wilson) : Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris

2011     The title as the curator's art-piece  (with Stefan Brüggemann, Jill Miller, Miguel-Angel Molina, Claude Rutault, Karin Sander, Yann Sérandour) : Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris

2008     Bucoliques (with Saâdane Afif, Pierre Ardouvin, John Baldessari, Delphine Coindet, Maïder Fortuné, Pekka Jylhä, Estelle Lecoq, Pierre Malphettes, Didier Marcel, Françoise Pétrovitch, Qubo Gas, Werner Reiterer, Samuel Rousseau, Joe Scanlan, Corinna Schnitt) : Abbaye du Valasse, Parc Eana, Gruchet-le-Valasse ; co-curator : Catherine Schwartz

2006      Semiose éditions : Rouen School of Art; co-curator : Catherine Schwartz

2003     Entre-Laps : image as resistance against communication and media information strategies in the hyperindustrial era; Station Mir, Hérouville-Saint-Clair

1996     Tadashi Ono - Photographies en Egypte : Galerie Aréna, Arles, France

               Evidences, Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles ; co- curators : Ana Malagrida and Bruno Arbesu

1995     The Far and the Near : Lumière Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada: traveling exhibition with the Alliance Française network in Canada ; co- curator : Marie Le Mounier


     

PRINTED MATTER


>>> Monographs

     Cristal Réel. Alfred Ehrhard. Isabelle Le Minh, text by Sonia Voss, AEStiftung Berlin, 2020, FR/EN

     After photography & beyond, texts by Florian Ebner, Joan Fontcuberta, Julie jones & Véronique Souben, graphic design Jérôme St-Loubert Bié, éditions Dilecta, 2019, FR/EN

     Über etwas im Bilde / Quant à quelque chose dans l'image, text by Chrisine Buignet, edited by Plateforme d'art de Muret, 2013

     Isabelle Le Minh : un jeu mélancolique, texts by Ricardo Arcos-Palma and Lucile Encrevé : edited by Biffures, Lyon, 2011


>>> Catalogues and publications (selection)  

     Noir & Blanc, une esthétique de la photographie, catalogue d'exposition, RMN, 2020

     Les Vies Minuscules, catalogue d'exposition Viva Villa, La Collection Lambert, 2020

     La photographie au regard de l'abstraction, catalogue d'exposition, Hatje Cantz, 2020

     Résonances, catalogue d'exposition, Frac Normandie Rouen, 2018

     Paris Photo vu par Karl Lagerfeld, éd. Steidl, Göttingen, 2017

     Jouer contre les appareils, Marc Lenot, éditions Photosynthèses, 2017

     Déconstruction photographique, catalogue d'exposition, éditions La Manufacture de l'image, 2016

     The Post-Photographic Condition, Month of Photography in Montréal, edited by Joan Fontcuberta, Kerber, 2015           Exit #59 : Camera, edited by Paul Wombell

     Constellations photographiques, Anne Immelé, Médiapop editions, Mulhouse, 2015

     The Joseph Kouli Collection (29/10/06-15/02/13), catalogue, Paris, 2014

     Play & Replay, catalogue, Novo, interview with Caroline Chatelet, Mediapop editions , Mulhouse, 2013

     Sous influences, exhibition catalogue, La Maison Rouge, éd. FAGE : text by Sophie Delpeux, 2013

     Wharf 2000-2012, Center for Contemporary Art of Basse-Normandie : text by Lucile Encrevé, 2012

     Paris Photo seen by David Lynch, éd. Steidl, Göttingen, 2012

     Les Rencontres d'Arles 2012, catalogue, Actes Sud, Arles, 2012

     Qu'avez-vous fait de la photographie ? ENSP/Actes Sud, Arles, 2012

     The Viewer #9, Remix, webzine curated by Yann Linsart, 2011

     55è Salon de Montrouge, catalogue, text by Emmanuelle Lequeux, Particules, 2009

     Complex-Tri, #4, édited by Station Mir, Hérouville-Saint-Clair, 2003

     Carnets de bord, Festival des écritures, Centre Régional des Lettres de Basse-Normandie, Isoète, 2000


>>> Articles (selection)

     Clémentine Mercier: « Pourquoi le noir & blanc ?», Libération, 09/01/2021

     Sabine Weier : « Isabelle Le Minh : After Alfred Ehrhardt - Cristal réel », Eikon #110-111, 2020

     Ilan Michel : « note de lecture "en catimini"», Revue Zéro-Deux, #94, 2020

     Ingeborg Ruthe : « Asteroiden zu Orgelpfeifen », Berliner Zeitung, 10/07/2020

     Hans-Eberhard Hess : « Das andere Ich », PHOTO International, 04/2020

     Christiane Meixner : « Kristallknall », der Tagesspiegel, 04/07/2020

     Vanessa Morisset : « Isabelle Le Minh», Revue Zéro-Deux, #93, 2020

     Christine Coste : « Isabelle Le Minh et ses fantômes », Le journal des arts, 20/09/2019

     Clémentine Mercier: « Isabelle Le Minh, le grain détournement », Libération, 15/09/2019

     Ruth Horak : « Isabelle Le Minh, the shadows will take care of themselves », EIKON # 102, june 2018

     Nadine Ethner : « Isabelle Le Minh, Interview », Visual Thoughts, http://www.vt-ph.com/isabelle-le-minh, 03/2018

     Dominique Baqué : « Scénographies de l'illusion », The Eyes, #5, 11/2018

     Christine Buignet : « Images en liberté, un nouveau milieu à apprivoiser », Focales #1, « The photographer facing the flow», Saint-Etienne  University

     Alexandrine Dhainault : Exhibition review « Isabelle Le Minh, After Photography », Revue Zéro-Deux, #81, spring 2017

     Etienne Hatt : Exhibition review « Isabelle Le Minh, After Photography, Frac Normandie Rouen », Art Press, n°442, 03/2017

     Ji-Yoon Han : « Les images ont chaud », revue Captures, #1, Post-photographie ?, may 2016, http://revuecaptures.org

     Dominique Baqué :« Scénographies de l'illusion », The Eyes #5

     Marie Chênel : « Isabelle Le Minh, Après la photographie », Le Quotidien de l'Art, #867, 03/07/2015

     Molly Osberg : « Isabelle Le Minh Mounts an Experimental History of Photographic Theory », artsy.net, 02/06/2015

     Etienne Hatt : « One Step Beyond », Art Press #415, 25/09/2014  

     Roxana Azimi : « La photographie dans sa troisième dimension », Le Quotidien de l'Art, #664, 08/09/2014

     Etienne Hatt : « A l'envers, à l'endroit », Art Press #412, 18/06/2014  

     Marie Chênel : « A l'envers, à l'endroit », Slash.fr, 11/06/2014  

     Segui Leonello Bertolucci : « Di cosa è fatta una fotografia? », Il Fatto, 26/12/2012 :  

     Antonio Tartaglione : « Fuori tempo, Fotografia e Parole », fratellitartaglione.org, 10/12/2012

     Katrin Seemann : « Review : Isabelle Le Minh auf der abc 2012 », gallerytalk.net, 22/09/2012

     Marc Lenot : « Questionner la photographie », lunettesrouges.blog.lemonde.fr, 29/07/2012

     Bridget Coaker : « Funny, serious, conceptual, intellectual and visual, the work of Isabelle Le Minh is all these things », Troika,17/07/2012

     Anaël Pigeat : « This is the artist - Isabelle Le Minh » , Art Press 2, ART HISTORY : THE HISTORY FACTOR. #24, (02/2012) :

     Anaël Pigeat : « Isabelle Le Minh, Exhibition review », Art Press, #384, 12/2011

     Marc Lenot, lunettesrouges.blog.lemonde.fr, « Visites parisiennes : Claude Lévêque et d'autres » , 26 /10/2011

     Christian Gattinoni : « La critique à fleur d'images d'Isabelle Le Minh », Lacritique.org, 20/10/2011

     Marc Lenot, lunettesrouges.blog.lemonde.fr,  «Des photographes de canapé (Arles 2)  », 04/07/2011

     Anaël Pigeat : « The title as the curator's art piece », Art Press, n°378, 05/2011

     Benoît Blanchard : « The title as the curator's art piece », Revue.net, 21/02/2011

     Marc Lenot, lunettesrouges.blog.lemonde.fr, « Miroir, peinture et effacement », 02/10/2010 and « Salon de Montrouge » ,  03/06/2010


>>> Writings

     « Les Liseuses, ou comment j'ai rencontré Vilem Flusser », Flusser Studies 31 -Special Issue / Flusser et la France July 2021

     « Semiose éditions, Prints, books and things by artists », Paraître (edited by Erba Rouen), 2006  

     « Un certain regard sur la nature », catalogue de la Semaine des Arts Actuels, Bernay, 2001

     « Evidence » in Truths, Fictions, Virtuality, catalogue of the Rencontres d'Arles (with Ana Malagrida and Bruno Arbesu), Actes Sud, Arles, 1996

     « Tadashi Ono, Photographies en Egypte » éd. ENP, 1996


CONFERENCES

2020     Artist talk with Florian Ebner and Sonia Voss, Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung Berlin

2019     University of Lille / CEAC - Invited in Nathalie Delbard's seminar

2019     Artist talk with Sonia Voss at the Goethe Institut, Lille

2019     Artist talk with "Les amis du Fresnoy", CRP/ Douchy -les-Mines

2019     Artist talk with Florian Ebner and Sonia Voss, Goethe Institut, Paris

2018     Artist talk with Thibault Brunet and Bernd Stiegler, Kehrer Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2015     Les nouveaux prédateurs : l'image de l'image, artist talk with Joan Fontcuberta and Joachim Schmidt, Museum of Montréal, Canada

2014     National Institute of Art History (INHA), invited by Michel Poivert, Paris

2013     Haute Ecole d'Art du Rhin, Le Quai, (Mulhouse School of Art), France               Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design de Saint Etienne (School of Art and Design), France

2012     Colloquium Intensities of photography, « Paroles d'artistes », Les Rencontres d'Arles, France