Margot Wallard


In 2012 Margot Wallard moved to Sweden, with her partner, the photographer JH Engström, to a hamlet in the back and beyond. Experiencing an overwhelming need to turn the lens on herself, she took refuge in nature and started a new project Natten. The forest became a place of resistance, somewhere where she could give free rein to that part of herself that does not cheat. With long exposures, leaving the shutter sufficient time to etch onto the film of the movements of the soul. Besides being her own model, she scans the things around her – animal, vegetable or mineral. By using the means of recording reality in its purest expression, she finds a different way of coming to grips with it. The space she leaves between the camera and herself is also the space she puts between the spectator and her image. The still on going project was exhibited in Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden and also shortlisted for the The Source-Cord Prize in 2014. The series Natten will be published as a book later in 2016.   Margot Wallard started to photograph at the age of 16. Since 1997 she has been working with international acknowledged photographers such as Michael Ackerman, Antoine D’ Agata or Anders Petersen.

She has been working on many projects and published several books where of three with her partner JH Engström. Together, in 2012, they founded the Atelier Smedsby, a one-year international workshop, based in Paris, France, with participants from all over the world.

Margot Wallard was born in 1978. She lives and works in France and Sweden.

NATTEN

Margot Wallard was born in 1978 in Paris, France.
She devides her time between Paris and Värmland, Sweden.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Natten, Athens Photo Festival, Greece 2016
Natten, Landskrona Fotofestival, Sweden 2014

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Paris Photo, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Paris, France 2016
Unseen Photo Fair, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Amsterdam, NL 2016
Fryspunkt/Freezing Point, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden 2016
Natten, Gallery Nabokov, Paris, France 2015
Vraie ou Faux?, Raum linksrechts & Loge, Hamburg, Germany 2011
Vraie ou Faux?, Ventilazione Wasagasse Ecke Hörlgasse, Vienna, Austria 2011
Magic Trick, Gallery Cobertura Photo, Sevilla, Spain 2010
I bought me a cat, Gallery Micamera, Milan, Italy 2009
Magic Trick, New York Photo Festival 09, New York, US 2009
I bought me a cat, Fotografia International Rome’s Festival, b>Gallery, Italy 2008
EU Women, New York Photo Festival 08, New York, US 2008
EU Women, Foto Festiwal, Gallery FF, Lodz, Poland 2007
EU Women, Instants Chavirés, Montreux, France 2007
EU Women, Gallery Coberturaphoto, Sevilla, Spain 2007
Tu te souviens de cette teuf?, Heart Gallery, Paris, France 2005
Ex In, Gallery Maeght, Barcelone, Spain 2005
Schaugrund, Museum Quartier, Vienna, Austria 2005
Poussières Parallèles, Khumbamela 2003 in India, Gallery Une Galette dans l’Art, Paris, France 2003
Reflexe VIII, Arles Photofestival, Espace Siqueros, Arles, France 2003

GRANTS, AWARDS AND RESIDENCES
Shortlisted with the series Natten of Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 2015
Shortlisted with the dummy Natten of Dummy Award Kassel in 2015
Shortlisted with the series Natten du Source-Cord Prize en 2014
DRAC Ile de France for a photo project about cities in Asia and US 2008
Mairie de Montreuil for a reportage about alternativ Circus 2002

BOOKS
Natten, edited and designed by Greger Ulf Nilson, publisher Max Ström, 2017
Karaoke Sunne, together with JH Engström, Superlabo Edition, Japan 2014
My brother Guillaume and Sonia, Journal, Sweden 2013
Foreign Affair, together with JH Engström, Superlabo Edition, Japan 2011

PUBLICATIONS
7 Days, Athens, November 2011, with JH Engström, Superlabo Edition, Japan 2012
Eu Women, Atelier Reflexe , Montreux, France/Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria, 2007
Reflexe X, Centre d’Information Reflexe & Dirk Bakker, Paris, France 2005
Ex In, Fotohof editions Salzbourg, Autriche / Silverbridge, Paris, France 2004
Reflexe VIII, Centre d’Information Reflexe & Dirk Bakker, Paris, France 2003
Reflexe VII, Centre d’Information Reflexe & Dirk Bakker, Paris, France 2002
Reflexe VI, Centre d’Information Reflexe & Dirk Bakker, Paris, France 2001
Reflexe IV, Centre d’Information Reflexe & Dirk Bakker, Paris, France 1999
Esquire (Russia) Portfolio My Brother Guillaume and Sonia
Revue Camera (France) Portfolio Natten
Dummy Magazine (Germany) Portfolio My Brother Guillaume and Sonia
Eyemazing (England) Portfolio Foreign Affair
Objektiv (Norway) Portfolio No Name No City