Melanie Manchot: on social engagement and ethics

To launch a new series of artist talks programmed by the DACS Foundation, the artist Melanie Manchot presented her latest project, Twelve – a major multi channel video installation exploring the intimate stories, rituals, repetitions and ruptures of lives spent in addiction and recovery.

Melanie Manchot has worked in dialogue with twelve people in recent recovery from substance misuse, in rehabilitation communities in Liverpool, Oxford and London. Twelve is directly informed by their personal written and oral testimonies, creative conceptions, and performances within final works. Inspired by the visual acuity of renowned contemporary filmmakers, Twelve connects and collapses individual recollections in which everyday situations, events and activities are rendered dramatic or abstract and infused with tragedy, pathos and humour.

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