Short bio: Marine Lanier holds an MFA from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (ENSP-Arles, France, 2007). She brings personal and collective memories back to life through the sensorial supports of photography. Her research is situated within this fold, between the past and the present where residual apparitions of previous ages and distant places return to the surface of an internalized world. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She won severals prizes or grants : Prix Arca Swiss, Prix Photographie Maison Blanche#3. She has been selected for other prizes : La Nuit de l‘instant (Marseille), Les Boutographies (Montpellier), Descubrimientos, PHoto España, (Madrid), Voies off / Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d‘Arles, Emergentes DST / Encontros da imagem (Braga), First Book Award / Mack editions (Londres). She was part of several group shows, at the Michele Chomette Gallery (Paris), at La Biennale de la Photographie de Mulhouse, at The Samsøn Gallery (Boston), at Théophile Paper’s (Bruxelles), during The Biennale d‘Art Contemporain de Lyon, at Galerie Mad, at galerie La Traverse, at Frac PACA (Marseille), at the festival Itinéraires des photographes voyageurs (Bordeaux), at CAC des Adhémar (Montélimar), at Artothèque of Grenoble, during the PhotoIreland festival (Dublin), during the festival Jeune Création at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, indeed at The Progress Gallery (Paris). Marine Lanier’s work has been shown in solos exhibitions at Lux Scène Nationale (Valence), Espace JB (Genève), Chengdu Blueroof Art Museum (Chine). Her work will be published by Poursuite Editions in a monography at the autumn 2016.
Why do you photograph on film? I’m working with a 4*5 inches field camera. So, when what we have imagined in reality, actually takes us somewhere else completely and opens a hidden door. What pleases me is the element of failure within film. I accord great importance to mistakes, to get it wrong and to start again, that is the experience which attracts me the most in all of this. I am passionate about the idea of surpassing oneself, pushing back the boundaries that shackle us and hold us back, in order to move towards fulfilment.
What is your work about? ELDORADO (2013) It is minimalist serie, comprising images taken in the greenhouses of a nursery in South Eastern France. The place where my father worked for seventeen years. When I rediscovered the nursery it had completely changed but I found traces, remnants of what I had known in the 80’s. Certain trees were still there but much bigger. When one makes contact again with a place from ones childhood there is often a huge discrepancy between the immensity of ones childhood memory and the small scale of ones adult perception. In this case the location had been abandoned several time, an unusual phenomenon was that it had known periods of prosperity and decline, the space had grown and the greenhouses had multiplied. I felt a sensation akin to that of the hatching of a chrysalis, a sensation no doubt reinforced by the semi circular forms of the greenhouses. Throughout this series, the influence of Werner Herzog who particularly influenced my work. Aguirre Wrath of God is a direct reference point ; men leaving to conquer Eldorado. By definition Eldorado is that which we never reach, that which remains out of our reach, which escapes us, in brief that which hides from us. I chose also this title because it takes us back to childhood, to that which is lost and which we seek. My work pulls between these two poles, the familiar, the very close and a fascination for elsewhere, distant horizons and everything linked to conquests and departures.