Nicolas Havette

Visual artist

Nicolas Havette is a photographer, visual artist, curator and artistic director of international standing. He graduated from the National School of Photography in France, and has exhibited as an artist and curator in many museums, festivals and galleries. These include: the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (Marseille, France); Les Rencontres d’Arles (France); Les Photaumnales (France); Galerie Madé (Paris, France); Yangon Photo Festival (Myanmar); Photo Phnom Penh Festival (Cambodia); Museum of Photography (Beijing, China); Shengda Museum (Zhengzhou, China); Photolux Festival (Lucca, Italy); LABottega Lab (Italy); and VT Artsalon (Taipei, Taiwan).

Nicolas is the artistic director of the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation (France), associate curator of the Tainan International Photography Festival (Taiwan) and executive art director of the Chinese International Photography and Art Festival (Zhengzhou, China). He is in charge of Jean Baudrillard’s photography collection and agent for Dmitry Markov’s work. He was artistic director of the festival Les Nuits Photographiques (Paris, 2010–2015) and director of the gallery Le Magasin de Jouets (Arles, 2011–2018). 

In 2019, Nicolas was the first recipient of the Penang Artist In Residence (AIR) programme. 

Fortunes: Until the Sun and the Moon Give Light

In this artwork of seven large-format panels, Nicolas Havette traverses a broad sweep of platforms and devices to make images that slalom between photography, performance and drawing, creating bridges between documentary and poetry. Fortunes: Until the Sun and the Moon Give Light is a wall drawing made with chalk on blackboard, using video projectors. It is a unique homage to Penang.

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