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Mélanie Pavy & Sophie Houdart

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Mélanie Pavy is an artist, filmmaker and researcher. In October 2020, as part of the SACRe doctoral program at PSL University, Fémis and the École Normale Supérieure de Paris, she defended a practical thesis in cinematography. The installations and videos resulting from this work are shown in solo and group exhibitions at the BAL, the Galerie des filles du Calvaire, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Fémis. Through her work, she questions our capacity to think and narrate loss, up to its ultimate corollary, that of the end of a human world.


Sophie Houdart is an anthropologist and di- rector of research at the CNRS. She focuses on the construction modes and local practices of modernity in Japan. She has carried out several studies on the theme of creation and innovation in the fields of science, art and architecture. Since 2012, she has been investigating life after the triple catastrophe of March 2011 in the region of Fukushima.


The two artists will lead the Fukushima: reprises project during their residency at the Cité internationale des arts.

In March 2011, a magnitude nine earthquake off the coast of Tôhoku, northeast Japan, triggered a tsunami that left 18,000 people dead or missing and provoked a level seven nuclear accident. Several years later, Mélanie Pavy, an artist, and Sophie Houdart, an anthropologist, conducted an investigation in Tôwa, a small town located about 50 kilometres from the power station. Today, they propose to use the mass of data gathered during these field trips to re-examine the nature of what happened via a collective exploration.

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