The latest works of two young artists from our Making Things Happen program, Sylvie Bonnot (1982, FR) and Mengzhi Zheng (1983, FR b. CN), represent new photography at an intersection with other mediums and concerned with our sense of self in the surrounding world.
The latest works of two young artists from our Making Things Happen program, Sylvie Bonnot (1982, FR) and Mengzhi Zheng (1983, FR b. CN), represent new photography at an intersection with other mediums and concerned with our sense of self in the surrounding world. Photographer Sylvie Bonnot is known for her techniques of print alterations, including transposing the silver gelatin layer of a print to another support, the mue technique. Her works in the show query photography in relation to painting, sculpture, and drawing—all part of her itinerant practice to examine our modes of being. She received an MA (2006, with distinction), from DNSEP, Dijon, and her most significant institutional shows include: Mobile/Immobile, Musée des Archives Nationales, Paris, and Maison de la Photographie, Lille, 2019; Derrière la Retenue I, II, II (solo shows and permanent public installations), Fondation Facim, Savoie, 2018-23; solo shows at Musée de La Roche-sur-Yon, 2018, and Musée des Ursulines, Mâcon, 2016-17; and a solo show at Le Quai des Arts, Cugnaux, 2016-17. Mengzhi Zheng works at the juncture of art and architecture. The photographs, “Kuća” (“house” in Bosnian), and new sculptures from scrap materials originate from his road trip to Sarajevo. Both reflect his observations of urban spaces that define our lived experiences. Zheng holds an MA (2011, with jury commendation) from ENCA, Villa Arson, Nice. He received an award for a large permanent installation at Les Halles car park of Lyon (LPA), which opened in 2019, and has been invited to major curated exhibitions, including: the Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, 2019-20; a solo show at Musée Muséum Départemental des Hautes-Alpes, 2019-20; the Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans, 2017-18; and Le parfait flâneur, ex-situ at Palais de Tokyo (Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, 2015).