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Born in 1969 in Lyon, France.
Lives and works in New York and Paris.
All Melik Ohanian's works explore the means, supports and allegorical power of the images, reverting constantly to several subjects: desert areas, the working class world, the end of revolutionary utopias and social, historical, and scientific facts.
Melik Ohanian is the recipient of several prizes: Golden Lion for the Best National Pavilion (Armenia), 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Marcel Duchamp Award (2015).
His work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions at international museums such as the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2016); CRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Sète (2014); Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City (2013); Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai (2012); Matucana 100, Santiago (2008); CCA Kitakyushu (2007); South London Gallery (2006); De Appel, Amsterdam (2006); IAC, Villeurbanne (2006); The Atlanta College of Art (2003); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2002).
In 2008, his exhibition From the voice to the hand was created at the scale of a city, with the collaboration of several parisian institutions such as the MAC/VAL, FRAC Ile de France — Le Plateau, the Abbaye de Maubuisson, the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou and the Cité Nationale de l'Histoire de l'Immigration, among 15 venues in parternship.
He was featured in several international group shows including at the Tate Modern, London (2019); Villa Empain / Fondation Boghossian, Brussels (2019); Whitney Museum, New York (2016); Carré d’art, Nîmes (2015); Nam June Paik Art Center, Korea (2013); Sharjah Art Foundation (2012); The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2010); Beirut Art Center (2009); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2008); MUMOK, Vienna (2005), among others.
He was also featured in many biennials: the Busan Biennale (2018); Lyon Biennal (2017, 2005); Sydney Biennal (2016, 2004); Venice Biennal (2007); Sharjah Biennale (2011); Gwangju Biennale (2006); PERFORMA, New York (2005); Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2004); Sao Paulo Biennial (2004).
Melik Ohanian’s works have joined the collections of the MAC/VAL, Musée d'art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine; Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris; La Collection IAC, Villeurbanne; Musée d'art moderne de Paris; Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Frac Corse, Corte; Frac Île de France — Le Plateau, Paris; Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon; Musée d'art de Nantes; Fonds municipal d'art contemporain de la Ville de Paris, MUDAM, Luxembourg; Neuflize; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; Rachofsky collection, Dallas; Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire.more