Biography

Born in 1975, Sydney, Australia. She lives and works in Paris, France.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours, Sydney College of The Arts, University of Sydney, Australia
Master of Fine Arts in Research, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Bachelor of Science Architecture, University of Sydney, Australia

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 Carpintarias de São Lázaro Centre of Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
2017 Dangerous on-the-way, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, cur. Daria de Beauvais En Masse, Galerie Allen, Paris, France Ensemble, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, Australia, cur. Jane Devery Kronenberg Wright, Sydney, Australia
2015 Dangerous looking-back, Galeria Belo-Galsterer, Lisbon, Portugal Ensemble, Galerie Allen, Loop, Barcelona, Spain
2014 Time to Act, Casa-Museu Medeiros e Almeida, Lisbon, Portugal Ensemble, First Street Green, New York, USA L’acte gratuit, Galerie Allen, Paris, France
2013 Ensemble, Galeria Belo-Galsterer, Lisbon, Portugal
2012 Move, Casa-Museu Medeiros e Almeida, Lisbon, Portugal Endgame, Galeria Belo-Galsterer, Lisbon, Portugal
2011 Each Mineral Flake Of That Night Filled Mountain, Gallery Grantpirrie, Offsite, Melbourne, Australia
2010 Each Atom Of That Stone, Gallery Grantpirrie, Sydney, Australia
2008 Topsy Turvy, Gallery Grantpirrie, Sydney, Australia
2007 Landslide, Galerie Schleicher Lange, Paris, France
2006 The Fall, Galerie Schleicher Lange, Paris, France
2005 Somewhere, Galerie Schleicher Lange, Paris, France Somewhere, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia
2004 The Fall, Salles E.M. Sandoz M. David-Weill, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France The Fall, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia
2003 In The Half Light, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia
2002 The Fly and the Mountain, The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney, Australia On This Day It Was Cold, Room 35 Gallery, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, Australia We Had Walked All Day, Department of Public Works, Sydney, Australia
2001 Vagari, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Prague, Czech Republic Today We Looked At Walls, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney, Australia Mel + Nell, Room Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2000 Nell + Mel, Städtische Galerie, Amsterdam and Room 35, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1999 Nell + Mel, Room 35, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1998 Mel + Nell, Room 35, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, Australia Lot, Cbd, Sydney, Australia
1997 Illume, 1st FLOOR, Melbourne, Australia
1996 Automate, Firstdraft, Sydney, Australia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Vertiges, Labanque, Béthune, France, cur. Léa Bismuth
2017 Lock/Route, Gillman Barracks, Singapore, cur. Khai Hori L’Eternité par les astres, Centre d’art Contemporain Les Tanneries, Amilly, France, cur. Léa Bismuth Prix Meurice pour l’art contemporain, cur. Claire Moulène & Angela Blanc, Hôtel Meurice, Paris, France Galerie Allen, Arco Madrid, Spain Kronenberg Wright, Sydney Contemporary, Australia
2016 L’art de la révolte (The Art of Revolt), Hors Pistes, Musée National d’Art Moderne/Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, cur. Géraldine Gomez & Charlène Dinhut L’art de la révolte (The Art of Revolt) Hors-Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Malaga, Spain, cur. Géraldine Gomez & Charlène Dinhut Museum as Performance, Museu de Serralves, Porto, Portugal, cur. Cristina Grande Nuit Blanche, Place Dauphine, Paris, France, cur. Vittoria Matarrese Do Disturb, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, cur. Vittoria Matarrese J’ai Rêvé Le Goût De La Brique Pilée, La Borne : Centre céramique contemporaine, Henrichemont, France
2015 Demain dans la bataille pense à moi, Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, France, cur. Magalie Meunier Nature/ Revelation, The Ian Potter Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, cur. Joanna Bosse The Place of Disquiet, Third edition of A3bandas, F2 Galeria, Madrid, Spain, cur. Miguel Amado Les Drapeaux, Maison des Arts, Malakoff, France and XPO Gallery, Paris, France, cur. Pablo Cavero Artissima Art Fair, Galerie Allen, Turin, Italy
2014 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire, Australia, cur. Juliana Engberg Festival Encontros da Imagem: Love Will Tear Us Apart, Lisbon, Portugal Arcadian Reverie, White Night, Melbourne, Australia, cur. Anais Lellouche Sinonimos de Perfume, Galeria 102-100, Castelo Branco, Portugal Paperworks, Belo-Galsterer Galeria, Lisbon, Portugal
2013 Natura, Museu Nogueira da Silva, Braga, Portugal, cur. Alda Galsterer Desire Lines, ACCA Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia, cur. Juliana Engberg The Disorder of the Present Is the Order of the Future, Galeria Belo-Galsterer, Lisbon, Portugal
2012 Livret IV, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Rochechouart, France, cur. Laurent Montaron & Magalie Meunier
2011 The Rehearsal of Repetition, Gallery Grantpirrie, Sydney Australia, cur. Anja Isabel Schneider Motion/Pictures, Gallery A.S., Paramount Pictures, Sydney, Australia, cur. Joseph Allen Shea Event: New Moving Image Works, Artspace, Sydney, Australia, cur. Blair French
2010 Dying in Spite of the Miraculous, cur. Alexie Glass Kantor, Simon Maidment & Emily Cormack, Gurtrude Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne, Australia La Main Numérique, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, cur. Dominique Païni
2009 Event: New Moving Image Works, Artspace, Sydney, Australia, cur. Blair French
2008 Fantasmata, Ar/ge Kunst, Bolzano, Italy, cur. Luigi Fassi Le Main Numérique, École Supérieure d’Art de l’Agglomération d’Annecy (ESAAA), France, cur. Dominique Païni
2007 Hamsterwheel, Le Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France, cur. Urs Fischer and Franz West Hamsterwheel, Centre d’Art Santa Mònica (CASM), Barcelona, Spain, cur. Urs Fischer and Franz West Vergäleibhaftig, Kunstverein Konstanz, Germany Vergäleibhaftig, Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, Germany Vergänglichkeit, Galerie Schleicher Lange, Paris, France Phases Of The Moon, Châtillon-sur-Marne, France, cur. Laurent Montaron & Caroline Ferreira Sommerfrische Sehnsucht Nach Dem Paradies, Kunst:raum Sylt Quelle, Germany
2006 Videoformes, Prix de la Création Vidéo, Clermont Ferrand, France
2005 National Sculpture Prize, National Gallery of Australia (NGA) Videobrasil 05 15°, Festival de Arte Contemporânea Sesc Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil Impakt 16th Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands Edinburgh International Film Festival, 59th Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK
2004 Site (Unseen), Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia, cur. Laura Murray-Cree A Cut Across, Plymsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Australia, cur. Megan Keating That Was Now, This is Then, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, Australia, cur. Alexie Glass Kantor
2003 Printroom, Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, cur. Karin de Jong Printroom, Gurtrude Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia, cur. Karin de Jong Printroom, Room Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, cur. Karin de Jong Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Award, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
2002 Shoproom, Gun Gallery, Oslo, Norway, cur. Jan van der Ploeg
2001 Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, Australia, cur. Alexie Glass Kantor

PRIZES, GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES

2017 Finalist, Meurice Prize for Contemporary Art / Prix Meurice pour l’art contemporain, France Fondation National des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques (FNAGP), Artist Studio, Nogent-sur-Marne, France Cité Internationale des Arts, Artist Residency, Paris, France
2016 Cité Internationale des Arts, Artist Residency, Paris, France
2015 Recipient, SAM Prize for Contemporary Art / Prix SAM pour l’Art Contemporain, France
2014 Nominated for the Bernd Lohaus Prize, Belgium Finalist, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sydney, Australia The Australia Council for the Arts, Research and Development for new video piece in Borneo, Malaysia
2013 The Australia Council For The Arts, New Work Recipient for 19th Biennale of Sydney
2012 The Australia Council For The Arts, New Work Recipient, Established Artist Category
2011 Cité Internationale des Arts, Artist Residency, Paris, France
2007 Cité Internationale des Arts, Artist Residency, Paris, France
2006 The Australia Council For The Arts, New Work Recipient, Established Artist Category
2005 Cité Internationale des Arts, Artist Residency, Paris, France National Sculpture Prize, Finalist, NGA National Gallery of Australia, Australia Australian Film Commission, Australia
2004 Cité Internationale des Arts, Art Gallery of New South Wales Artist Residency, Paris, France
2001 Centre For Contemporary Arts, Artist Residency, Prague, Czech Republic Finalist, Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Award, Artspace, Sydney, Australia The University of Sydney, Dean’s Honours List, Sydney, Australia

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS

2015 The Australian Embassy, Paris, France
2007 Attorney General’s Department, The Justice Precinct, Sydney, Australia

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Australia FRAC Bretagne / Fonds régional d’art contemporain Bretagne, France Monash University Museum of Modern Art (MUMA), Australia Artbank, Australia Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017 Mel O’Callaghan, Artist Monograph, Sam Art Projects: Paris Melissa Loughnan, ed., Australiana to Zeitgeist (Thames & Hudson Australia, 2017), p. 21, 26 & 27 Mara Hoberman, “Mel O’Callaghan - Galerie Allen / Palais de Tokyo”, Artforum, May Issue, 2017, p. 345 Isabelle Bernini, “Mel O’Callaghan, Dangerous on-the-way”, Artpress, April 2017 Greta Völler, “Mel O’Callaghan”, NGV Magazine, Nov/Dec 2017, Issue # 7 Valérie Duponchelle & Eric Bietry-Rivierre, “Les expositions à ne pas rater à Paris en 2017, #2 Mel O’Callaghan”, Le Figaro, January 2017, p.105 - 110 “Palais de Tokyo: Mel O’Callaghan, Dangerous on-the-way”, La Gazette du Druout, April 2017, p. 215 Alice Cavanagh, “Outside Herself, Mel O’Callaghan”, W Magazine, The Australian, March 2017, p. 29-30 Sabine Rittner, “Trance, Ecstasy And Altered States Of Consciousness”, in Mel O’Callaghan, Artist Monograph Mel O’Callaghan, Dangerous on-the-way, Slash Paris, March 2017 Marie-Elisabeth de la Fresnaye, “Mel O’Callaghan”, Interview, Artaissme, #15, 2017, p. 4 Marie Cheron, “Les ateliers du Palais de Tokyo”, Lifestyle.Paris, March 2017 Mel O’Callaghan, Palais de Tokyo, News Art Today TV, February 2017 (television) Mel O’Callaghan, “Dangerous on-the-way”, France Fine Art, February 2017 L’agenda de la semaine: Lâcher prise, AD Magazine, February 2017 “Mel O’Callaghan, “Dangerous on-the-way”, Art das KunstMagazine, February 2017 “Mel O’Callaghan | Retour d’expérience: La transe extatique pour le plus grand nombre”, Happening, February 2017 Corinne Rondeau, Anaël Pigeat, Lucile Commeaux & Arnaud Laporte,“En toute chose”, France Culture, February 2017 (radio) Thierry Hay, “Notre rapport à la Nature et aux objets: En toute chose”, France Info, February 2017 Anne-Lou Vicente, “Mel O’Callaghan”, Trois Couleurs, February 2017: Issue 148, p. 96 “Mel O’Callaghan: En Masse at Galerie Allen”, Paris, Blouin ArtInfo, January 2017 “Palais de Tokyo: Mel O’Callaghan, Dangerous on-the-way”, E-flux, January 2017 Fabiola Ondzounga, “Mel O’Callaghan, Dangerous on-the-way”, Artistik Rezo, January 2017 Eric Bietry-Rivierre & Valerie Dupenchelle, “Paris, l’art en capitale, #2 Mel O’Callaghan”, Le Figaro, January 2017, p. 26 - 27 “Mel O’Callaghan”, Madame Figaro, January 2017, p. 41 “SAM Arts Projects fait sa rentrée au Palais du Tokyo: Mel O’Callaghan (lauréate du Prix SAM 2015)”, Trajectoire, January 2017
2016 Philippe Dagen, “Quand l’art bat le pavé”, Le Monde, 28 April, 2016 Orianne Hidalgo-Laurier, “Les rites de Mel O’Callaghan”, Mouvement, 25 January, 2016
2015 Joao Silverio, “Memory and Resistance”, catalogue essay, Dangerous Looking Back, Belo-Galsterer Galeria Béatrice Cotte, “Prix Sam 2015: Mel O’ Callaghan”, Follow Art With Me, 17 December, 2015
2014 Juliana Engberg, “You are what you imagine”, catalogue essay, 19th Biennale of Sydney Nicole Elpnick, “My Secrect Sydney”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 March, 2014 Hope and Faith, exhibition catalogue, Encontros da Imagem, Porto, 2014, p. 184-185
2013 Love will Tear us Apart, exhibition catalogue, Encontros da Imagem, Porto, 2013, p. 142-143. Alda Galsterer, “Natura. Paisagem e Natureza”, catalogue essay, Natura, Museum Nogueira da Silva, Braga, Portugal
2012 Juliana Engberg, “Desire Lines”, catalogue essay, ACCA Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne Jack Cox et Alexandra Delage, “Les Languages Terrestres”, catalogue essay, LIVRET IV, Musée de Rochechouart, France Andrew Stephens, “The Path less travelled”, The Age, 15 December, 2012, p. 23. Maura Edmond, “Desire Lines”, Time Out, December, 2012 Leonor Nunes, “Destaque”, Journal Deletras, nº 1100, November - December, 2012, p. 28. Nuno Crespo, “O ar do tempo”, P2/Público Lisboa, 23 December, 2012, p. 8. “Miguel Branco & Mel O’Callaghan”, Agenda Cultural Lisboa, Ed. Nov., 2012. Anja Schneider, “The Rehearsal of Repetition”, catalogue essay, Grantpirrie Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2010 Dominique Païni, “La Main Numerique”, catalogue essay, Maison d’art Bernard Anthonioz (MABA), Paris, França Dominique Païni, La Main Numerique, catalogue essay, National Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan Alexie Glass Kantor, “Ever Tried, Ever Failed”, catalogue essay, Grantpirrie Gallery, 2010 Anja Isabel Schneider, “Mel O’Callaghan, Ever Tried, Ever Failed”, catalogue essay, Grantpirrie, 2010
2009 Blair French, “Event: New Moving Image Works”, exhibition catalogue, Artspace Sydney, 2009 Blair French, “Event: Recalling The Cinematic”, Column publication, Sydney, 2009
2008 Alison Kubler, “Topsy Turvy - Mel O’Callaghan”, catalogue essay, Gallery Grantpirrie, Sydney, Australia
2007 Bénédicte Ramade,“Les Perdreaux De L’année En Liberté”, Artclair L’Oeil, n° 595, Octobre, 2007 Bérénice Bailly, “La Fugacite Decryptee Par Cinq Jeunes Artistes”, Le Monde, Saturday April 2007, p. 32 Emmanuelle Lequeux, “Mel O’Callaghan”, Le Monde, 29 September, 2007
2005 Alexie Glass Kantor, “Mel O’Callaghan, Space Travel”, Monument, April/May, 2005 Jens-Emil Sennewald, “Mel O’Callaghan in the Galerie SchleicherLange”, Notiert, Kunst-Bulletin, April 2005, p. 75 Bérénice Bailly, “Mel O’Callaghan, Somewhere”, Le Monde, Saturday 3 December 2005, p. 32 Beatrice Gralton, National Sculpure Prize, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Australia (NGA) Laura Murray Cree, “Finding Nowhere, Mel O’Callaghan”, exhibition catalogue, Somewhere, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia Solange Farkas, “New Vectors”, catalogue essay, 15º Internacional Electronic Arts Biennale Videobrasil, Brasil, 2005
2002 Alexi Glass Kantor, “The Fly And The Mountain - Mel O’Callaghan and Nell”, Monument, Issue 47. p.108 Jacqueline Millner, “The Fly And The Mountain”, catalogue essay, Art Gallery New South Wales, Australia Jacqueline Millner, “The Fly And The Mountain”, Postwest Publication, March, 2002 Lenny Ann Low, “The Fly And The Mountain”, The Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 2-3 p.11, 2002 Alex Szczepaniak, “Conversation With Mel O’Callaghan”, Look, Art Gallery of New South Wales, February, 2002
2001 Victoria Hynes, “Weird Science”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22-28 June, 2001 p.22 Courtney Kidd, “On The Cutting Edge”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 June, 2001, p. 22
2000 Bruce James, “Mel - New Millenium Kinetics”, The Australian Art Collector, Jul -Sept p.140, 2000 Mark Jackson, “Awakening To The Dream”, Realtime Magazine, Aug-Sept p.48, 2000