Corinne Mercadier


© Corinne Mercadier
© Sandrine Boyer Engel

Invited to the Planche(s) Contact Festival in 2015

Finalist in 2013 of the Photography Prize of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, Corinne Mercadier stands in the tradition of art photography. In the framework of the Planche(s) Contact Festival, she keeps working, in Deauville, on her series titled Le ciel commence ici (Where does the sky begin?) started in 2013. Some staging elements captured during the day are reworked in night settings including dancers and objects, moving on the flat roofs of the major seafront buildings (the roofs of the Casino, the Normandy Hotel, the shell-shaped Olympic swimming pool and the Pompeian baths). Many unprecedented and unknown decorations are revealed by a singular staging.

Le ciel commence ici (Where does the sky begin?) is a series that, though being just a project in 2013, has been a finalist of the Photography Prize of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. The Observatoire de Paris and the Château de Saint Germain-en-Laye have already welcomed her previous works in 2014. The places hosting these pictures, whether they are dedicated to art, culture or leisure, are extraordinary constellations: their architecture connects earth time and space to the unknown galaxy. […] The top of these buildings should be considered as a privileged area, connecting the city, the sea and the sky in a unique way, as if it was a usually invisible “sublime point of view”to appreciate the landscape.

Corinne Mercadier


The photographic work of Corinne Mercadier has been linked to Polaroïd SX70 until 2008. Later, she enlarged her shots into prints of different formats. The series Paysages (Landscapes - 1992) and Où commence le ciel ? (Where does the sky begin? - 1995-1996) capture the void, the horizon, and play with the notion of perspective and framing. In 2000 she started to make flexible sculptures to be thrown and photographed in the series Une fois et pas plus (Once and not more – 2000/2002), La Suite d'Arles (2003), Le Huit envolé (2006) and Longue Distance (Long distance – 2005/2007).

In 2000, Polaroïd SX70 film production ended, encouraging Corinne Mercadier to experiment several photographic media. She decided to focus on digital tools, because they have brought substantial changes to photographic devices and image aesthetics. The first two series based on this new experience, titled Solo and Black Screen, were presented during the Mois de la Photo in Paris, 2012.

In 2014, the Fotografiska Museum of Stockholm dedicated a retrospective to her works titled Wicked Gravity. In 2013, she was invited by the Musée Réattu of Arles to participate to the Nuage exhibition, and the City of Rennes showed on the square of the Town Hall an exhibition collecting 40 photographs she captured from 1992 to 2012.

Since 1998, Corinne Mercadier has regularly been exhibiting her photos at the Les Filles du Calvaire Gallery (Paris), by which she is represented. Her photographs have also been exhibited at the Alan Klotz Gallery in New York in 2006 and 2008; at the Fotofest Festival of Houston in Texas; at the FIAC and at Paris Photo (Les Filles du Calvaire stand); at the Primavera FotoGrafica of Barcelona; at the Arco of Madrid and the AIPAD of New York.

In 2001, Corinne Mercadier received the Altadis Prize and exhibited her works at the Durand-Dessert Gallery of Paris and at the Juana de Aizpuru Gallery of Madrid. In 2003, she received a photographic order from the Musée Réattu of Arles and the Minister of Culture, encouraging her to create La Suite d'Arles.

Her photographs are exhibited in the collections of the La Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris), FNAC (Fonds National d'Art Contemporain – National Fund of Contemporary Art - of Paris), La Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris), FRAC of the Ile-de-France (Fonds régional d'Art Contemporain – Regional Fund of Contemporary Art), the Polaroïd Corporation Collection, the Musée de l'Image of Epinal; the Musée Malraux of Le Havre and the Musée Réattu of Arles.

Corinne Mercadier has published most of her books with the Filigranes editions: Où commence le ciel ? (Where does the sky begin? - 1996), Dreaming Journal (1999), Une monographie (A monograhy - 2007) as well as her last work titled Devant un Champ Obscur (In front of a dark field - 2012). Some of her works have been acquired by the art libraries of Angers, Nantes, Grenoble, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Le Château d'Eau, Toulouse and by L'Imagerie de Lannion.