6 - 8pm, Thursday 5th May


Melanie Manchot - Alpine Diskomiks

Parafin is delighted to announce a new exhibition by Melanie Manchot, her second with the gallery. Alongside, the gallery will bring a solo presentation of Manchot’s photographic work to Photo London at Somerset House (12–15 May 2022).

Manchot will stage Alpine Diskomiks (2019), a major installation first shown in her solo exhibition at the Kunsthaus Centre d’art Pasquart, Biel in 2019. The 20-metre-long installation comprises 50 turntables and a frieze of album covers depicting mountain landscapes.

Alpine Diskomiks subverts the motif of the idyllic, romantic mountain landscape, suggesting, through the violent dissonance of the sounds, the tremendous natural forces that have shaped the Alps over millions of years. Through its accumulation and decay the work aims to question the cultural history of mountains, the contentious notion of the sublime and how particular landscapes might become containers for human experiences.

In the lower gallery, Manchot will present a film projection, Snowdance (2019). Deep in the night, eight huge machines trace patterns and designs into the snow. Illuminated only by their own lights, they move in conjunction, at times as pairs, then in long lines, drawing circles, figures of eight, loops.


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