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Thursday Lates: Melanie Manchot: Twelve

Thursday Lates: Melanie Manchot: Twelve

7 March, 6pm. Free – booking recommended on eventbrite.

Portraits of Recovery and the Whitworth present a screening of Twelve by Melanie Manchot and post in-conversation with the artist, curator Mark Prest of Portraits of Recovery, and Professor Amanda Ravetz from MMU.

Twelve is Manchot’s major multi channel video installation work exploring the intimate stories, rituals, repetitions and ruptures of lives spent in addiction and recovery. Inspired by the visual acuity of renowned contemporary filmmakers, the work connects and collapses individual recollections in which everyday situations, events and activities are rendered dramatic or abstract and infused with tragedy, pathos and humour.

Over two years Manchot worked in dialogue with twelve people in recent recovery from substance misuse.  TWELVE is directly informed by their personal written and oral testimonies, creative conceptions, and performances within the final works.  Single sequences are shot as continuous takes, referencing iconic scenes from the films of Michael Haneke, Gus van Sant, Bela Tarr and Chantal Akerman – a ferry journey across the Mersey, a darkened room looking out on to an early morning street, a car wash, the cutting of daisies with small scissors, the obsessive cleaning of a floor – providing the framework for reflections on remembered incidents and states of mind.  TWELVE employs a diversity of cinematic technique and tropes adapted by Manchot to reveal the complex and non-linear nature of recovery.

Melanie Manchot is a London based visual artist who works with photography, film, video and installation as part of a performative and participatory practice. Manchot’s work has been widely exhibited in galleries, museums and film festivals internationally including at her recent survey exhibition at MAC VAL, Paris; her solo show at Parafin, London as well as shows at Whitechapel Gallery, London and The Photographers’ Gallery, London. Manchot was shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2017.


This event is presented as part of the World Healthcare Congress Europe 2019.

Twelve was commissioned by Mark Prest of Portraits of Recovery and developed by Melanie Manchot working with Action on Addiction, the Ley Community and the Psychosocial Research Unit at the University of Central Lancashire. Twelve is financially supported by Small Arts Awards from the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England through the National Lottery.