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   Chrystel Lebas

 

 

 

Born in France, Chrystel Lebas currently lives and works in London. A graduate from the Royal College of Art (1997),
her photographs and films have been widely exhibited including in a recent major solo exhibition at Huis Marseille,
Museum for Photography, Amsterdam (2016-17) and at The Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh (2016-17);
The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2017); Maryland Art Space, Baltimore (2014); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (2012);
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, Croatia (2011); The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln (2011); National Media Museum,
Bradford (2009); Le Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris (2008); The Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2006);
Nichido Contemporary Arts, Tokyo (2003); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (1992).

Works are held in several private and public collections amongst them Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography Amsterdam,
The Scottish National Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Bibliothèque Nationale Paris,
The Collection and Usher Gallery, The Citigroup Private Bank and The Wilson Center for Photography.

She has published three monographs: L’espace temps-Time in Space (2003), Between Dog and Wolf (2006) and
Field Studies: Walking through Landscapes and Archives published to accompany the exhibition at Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam (2017).
She has contributed to numerous Photography and Visual Arts journals: Amongst them, photographs and essay in FT Magazine,
The Guardian, Source, Camera Austria, Exit and Portfolio Catalogue.

Research funded by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation supported the development of photographic and film works made in Scotland drawing from The Natural History Museum
collection of Sir Edward James Salisbury’s Botany photographs and The National Galleries of Scotland collections of photography by John Muir Wood.

Film produced by the Natural History Museum in London 'Looking at past habitats through a modern lens' by Sally Weale,
illustrates the project with the artist and scientists interviews and field work.

 

One person Exhibitions
2017 'Regarding Nature: Chrystel Lebas’ exhibition and book launch The Photographers' Gallery, London
2016-17 'Regarding Nature: Chrystel Lebas’ and book launch Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2011 'Conversations on Nature: Chrystel Lebas & Silvia Potocki’ Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia
2010 ‘Chrystel Lebas, Etudes Bel-Val’, Salle de l’animal contemporain, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris
2010 ‘Between Dog and Wolf’, Witzenhausen Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands & New York
2008 ‘Blue Hour’, film screening at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris
2008 ‘Between Dog and Wolf’, Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea, UK
2007 ‘Between Dog and Wolf’, Gallery Vassie, Amsterdam
2006 ‘Blue Hour’, exhibition and book launch at The Photographers' Gallery, London
2004 'Azure', Hug, Gallery for International Photography, Amsterdam
2003 'Abyss', Nichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2002 'Azure', The Photographers' Gallery, London
1999 'Between Dog and Wolf', Special Photographers Company, London
1993 'Les Pleureuses', FAMU, Prague
1992 'Mémoires polonaises', Aroma Gallery, Berlin
1989 'Maison des Etudiants Pomorska', Photo/Video Gallery, Krakow

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016-17 ‘The View From Here: Landscape Photography at the National Galleries of Scotland The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
2016 Unseen Amsterdam Photo Fair, The Photographers Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2015 ‘Landscapes’, The Photographers Gallery, London, UK
2014 'Light Touch', curated by Liz Wells, Maryland Art Space, International Pier of the Baltimore Washington Airport, Baltimore, US
2012 ‘Sense of Place, European Landscape Photography’, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
2011 ‘The Charter of the Forest’, The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln
2011 'Scope: New Photographic Practices', The Visual Art Center, Tsinghua University, China
2010 ‘Andy Harper, Minjung Kim and Chrystel Lebas’, Galerie Morgen, Berlin
2009-10 HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year Award Photographic Exhibition, Christies King's Street, London and touring at Blenheim Palace.
2009 Pan Amsterdam Fair, with Witzenhausen Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2009 Paris Photo Fair, Carrousel du Louvre, with The Photographers' Gallery, France
2009 ‘This is my Land’, curated by Peter Bonnell, Artsway, New Forest, UK
2009 ‘Animalism: animals, media and the imagination’, curated by Greg Hobson, National Media Museum, Bradford, UK
2009 ‘British Landscape Photography’ curated by The Photographers’ Gallery, Liberty, London
2008 ‘Nature fragile, le cabinet de Deyrolle’, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris
2008 ‘Oliver Bancroft, Chrystel Lebas, Richard Wood’, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, UK
2008 ‘Seeking a place for oblivion’ curated by Sandra Krizic, Art Pavilion, Zagreb, Croatia
2007-08 Something That I’II Never Really See, Contemporary Photography from the V&A’,
          touring at Sainsbury Center for Visual Art; Nottingham Castle; The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University; Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, UK
2007 Victoria & Albert’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, Victoria & Albert Museum, UK
2007 Paris Photo Fair, Carrousel du Louvre, with The Photographers' Gallery, France
2007 Rencontres d’Arles, Book Award exhibition, France
2007 Photo London Fair, with The Photographers' Gallery, UK
2006 Paris Photo Fair, Carrousel du Louvre, with The Photographers' Gallery, France
2006 ‘Twilight: Photography in The Magic Hour’, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
2004 Rencontres d’Arles, Book Award exhibition, France
2001 Paris Photo Fair, Carrousel du Louvre, with The Photographers' Gallery, France
2001 'Moving Landscapes', The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK
2000 Paris Photo Fair, Carrousel du Louvre, with The Photographers' Gallery, France
1997 'The Bed Show', Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London, UK
1997 'Night Journey', RCA, London, UK
1997 'Underground', F.Stop Gallery, Bath, UK
1995 'Geronimo', Fridge Gallery, London, UK
1992 'Mémoires polonaises', Photography Biennale at the Palais de Tokyo, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France
1991 Turin Photography Biennale, Italy

Publications
Monograph: 'Chrystel Lebas, Field Studies: Walking through Landscapes and Archives', essays by Nanda van den Berg, Dr Mark A. Spencer, Bergit Arends and Liz Wells, Published by Fw:Books, Amsterdam, 2017
'Broken - Environmental Photography', Works by Colin Westerbeck, Mark Klett, Kate Palmer Albers, Liz Wells, Anne Noble, Art And Theory Publishing, Stockholm, 2014
'Light Touch', Exhibition online publication, Essay by Liz Wells, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, US, 2014
‘Sense of Place, European Landscape Photography’, exhibition catalogue, Palais des Beaux-Arts & Prestel publishing, Brussels, 2012
Between Dog and Wolf
, Conference Paper delivered at Landscape-Beauty symposium published in The Landscape and Beauty,
Land/Water and the Visual Arts,
Liz Wells & Simon Standing, University of Plymouth Press, 2010
Photography: A critical Introduction, Liz Wells, 4th Edition, Routledge, 2009
‘Nature fragile, le cabinet de Deyrolle’, Claude D’Anthenaise, Patrick Mauries & Louis-Albert de Broglie, Beaux-Arts TTM Editions Paris, 2008
‘Seeking a place for oblivion’ exhibition catalogue, Sandra Krizic, Hrvtski fotosavez, Zagreb, 2008
Le Sténopé, Photo poche n.114, Edition Actes Sud, France, 2008
Victoria & Albert’s 150th Anniversary Celebration Album, V&A Publishing, London, 2007
Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour, Martin Barnes & Kate Best, V&A and Merrel Publishing, London, 2006
Monograph: Between Dog and Wolf, Chrystel Lebas, Azure publishing, London, 2006
Photo projects: Plan and Publish your photographs in print and on the Internet by Chris Dickie, published by Argentum, UK, 2006
Monograph: Time in Space- L' espace temps, Chrystel Lebas, Azure publishing, London, 2003

Selected Articles
2017 The Guardian Newspaper - July 2017 - Review ‘Field Studies by Chrystel Lebas review – a photographic journey into the UK’s wild places’ by Sean O’Hagan
2017 The Photographers' Gallery online Blog: Interview with Daniel C.Blight
2017 FT Weekend magazine – May 13/14 2017 –Personal views commissioned for Photo London
2017 Source The Photographic Review – Issue n.89 - Spring 2017 – Essay by Nora Labo
2016 FT  Weekend magazine – November 26/27 2016 - Essay by Liz Jobey
2016 See all this Magazine - Issue n.4 - Winter 2016-17 - Essay by Robert Macfarlane
2016 Photomonitor online Magazine - Autumn 2016 - Essay by Camilla Brown
2016 Unseen Magazine - Autumn 2016
2014 Exit image and culture - On the Edge (52)
2010 Camera Austria (110/2010); Exit- Silent Landscape (38);
2009 Portfolio Magazine (50), Next Level (19)
2008 Portfolio Magazine (48), Camera Austria International (103-104/2008), Stimulus Respond (Summer)
2007 Exit Magazine (Summer)
2006 AG (vol.45), The Times Magazine (21.10.06), Oplatinum//(Vol.05), Great/The Photographers' Gallery (67). BBC Radio 4.
2005 Pinhole Jounal (Contemporary Images 13, Vol.20#3), Photo Nouvelles (vol.29), AG (vol.35), Private Online,
           Photoworks (May/October 2004), Camera Austria (vol.85/2004), Great/The Photographers' Gallery (50).
2002 Amateur Photographer (vol. 197/7), Great/The Photographers' Gallery (40)
1999 Creative Camera (issue 359), BJP (no 7237), Creative Review (vol. 19, no 9), Zoom International (vol.39
1997 Photograph in British Journal of Photography (no 7132).
1994 Article and Photograph in Vis A Vis International (no16).

Collections
Huis Marseille Museum For Photography, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish National Portrait Gallery Photography Collection, Edinburgh
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
National Media Museum, Bradford
Modern and Contemporary Art Museum Rijeka, Croatia
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris
The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln
The Citigroup Private Bank, UK
Bibliothèque Nationale, Cabinet des Estampes et de la Photographie, Paris
The Wilson Center for Photography, London
Vital Art, London
Private collections

Awards
Research funded by The University of the Arts, CCW supported the development of photographic and
film works made in Scotland drawing from The Natural History Museum collection of Sir Edward James Salisbury’s Botany
photographs and The National Galleries of Scotland collections of photography by John Muir Wood.

2016-17 'Chrystel Lebas, Field Studies: Walking through Landscapes and Archives' selected for the Best Dutch book design 2016
2015-16 Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery and Plymouth University - Research funding
2013-14 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, has supported this project as a part of its commitment to a programme of art and science developed by the Natural History Museum
2011 University of the Arts, Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon - Research Funding
2011University of the Arts, Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon – Train Research –Tap Funding
2009 First Prize - HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year Award Photographic competition
2009 Nominated - Prix Pictet 2009-Earth
2009 University of the Arts, Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon - Research Funding
2008 University of the Arts, Camberwell - Research Funding
2004 First Prize - British book design and production award for L' espace temps-Time in Space, London.
2003 Arts Council England Visual Arts Awards
1997 First Prize - Polaroid/Joe's Basement Award, London.
1996 First Prize - Serco/RCA Award, London.
1996 'Renaissance' Award, Aylesford Newsprint, UK.
1992 Nominated - 'Moins de Trente' Award, CNP, Paris.

Residencies
2014 Dartmoor Arts Artist in residence
2013-14 Artist research residency at The Natural History Museum in London, The Edward James Salisbury Archive funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation London.
2008-10 Artist Residency Bel-Val, Ardennes with the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris
2007 Artist Residency at Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Northamptonshire, UK
1996 Lisbon Studio Residency – Royal College of Art
1992-93 Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarship for studies at FAMU (Film & Photography School), Prague, to develop a
          photographic project on death commemoration and rituals.
1989-91 Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarship for studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, to
          develop a photographic project on present-day Polish aristocracy and Jewish society.

Education
1995-97 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication – Higher Education Academy Accredited Pathway (PG Cert AP/HEA)
1995-97 Masters Degree in Photography at the Royal College of Art, London.
1988-89 Prof. Lesley Hamilton Atelier at l'Academie des Beaux-Arts de Paris.
1986-88 Diplôme de Plasticien de l'Environnement Architectural at the Ecole des Arts Appliqués
                Olivier de Serres, Paris.
1983-86 Baccalauréat, Ecole des Arts Appliqués Estienne, Paris.


Conference papers
2017 Guest speaker, 'Responding to a Landscape', conference organized by Grain Photograhy Hub, MAC, Birmingham
2017 Guest speaker, 'Regarding Nature', conference organized by Huis Marseille Photography Museum, Amsterdam
2015 Guest speaker, 'The Salisbury Archive Re-Viewed: observing environmental change in British Landscape' with Dr. Mark Spencer (Senior Curator, British and Irish Herbarium, Natural History Museum, UK)
          at Royal Geographical Society-International Conference of Historical Geographers 2015: Field experiments: collaborative practices in art and environment
2014 Guest speaker, 'The Salisbury Archive Re-Viewed: observing environmental change in British Landscape' with Bergit Arends (Royal Holloway, University of London)
         at Royal Geographical Society-IBG Annual International Conference: Geoaesthetics: Art and Environmental Change, co-producing knowledges
2014 Guest speaker, 'Of the Earth: Art, Photography, Writing and the Environment', conference organized by University of Sunderland and Plymouth University
2014 Guest speaker, 'Nocturnal: Land/Water Research Symposium', Plymouth University
2013 Guest speaker, ‘Chrystel Lebas: Artist working with Archives’ to coincide with Thingness: The Collection exhibition at Camberwell Space, UAL
2011 Guest speaker ‘Conversations on Nature: Chrystel Lebas & Silvia Potocki’ Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia
2010 Guest speaker, ‘Elusive’, symposium on Self publishing, Camberwell College of Arts
2009 Guest speaker ‘International exhibition and symposium of contemporary art: Inside the Island’, Island of Veli Brijuni, Croatia
2008 Guest speaker, ‘Landscape and Beauty’, symposium, Land/Water and the Visual Arts, University of Plymouth
2008 Guest speaker, Symposium on Photography, University College Falmouth
2007 Talk at The Photographers’ Gallery
2007 Guest speaker, 'The Critical Topology of Landscape' conference, Bath University
2006 Guest speaker, ‘Twilight: Photography in The Magic Hour’ symposium, The Victoria and Albert Museum
2004 Guest speaker, ‘The process of promoting, curating and publishing Photography’, Photofusion

Professional Roles and Memberships
Associated Member – Land /Water and The Visual Arts research at Plymouth University
Member Photography Research Practices, UAL-CCW
Train Associate Project Partner, UAL
Head Academy member

Selected Teaching
Currently Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts, Camberwell and
Adjunct Assistant Professor at Richmond the American International University in London.

Visiting Lecturer
University of South Wales, Caerleon Campus, Newport, BA-MA Photography
Brighton University, BA-MA Photography
Coventry University, Photography, BA
University of Plymouth, Photography, BA-MA
Falmouth University College, BA-MA Photography.
University for the creative Arts, Rochester, BA-MA Photography.
Cambridge School of Art, BA Photography.
Croydon University, Photo media Department.
Kent Institute of Art and Design, BA-MA Photography.
University for the creative Arts, Maidstone, BA-MA Photography.
Photography Department, Royal College of Art, MA.
School of fine art, Duncan of Jordanstone College, Dundee.