BIOGRAPHY

Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli photographs personal stories like voyages (en train), Tempus Fugit or imaginary scientific tells, Imaginary Biology-Fauna, Solastalgia. She is interested in identity problems facing her friends or unknown persons she has read about, The Caretaker, Secret Love. Her visual journeys combine poetic and documentary sensibilities, each image is a story that crosses other destinies in one series. People, places and objects are connecting in unexpected ways to create a tale that can be read as fragments or in their entirety. Her images are printed specifically on supports that conveys the concept of her projects. In Los Angeles, with the help of Mac Holbert (Nash Editions), she experimented with printing on hand-made Japanese papers and on other surfaces hand-coated with gesso. At the same time, Amandine has developed three dimensional presentations of her stories through artist’s books and installations. To the static photographs she brings physical movement creating a tension and allowing an interactive approach. Amandine was awarded the Gallery Director’s Exhibition Award for the Photo Book Works exhibit in Colorado (2013). She was also the recipient of the Masquelibros prize in Madrid, Spain and Familiar Relics in Nashville, USA (2012). She has exhibited in numerous photography and artist’s book shows in the USA, Europe and Australia. Her work is in more than 40 private and public collections like Le Centre Pompidou – France, The Getty Museum – Los Angeles, the Art Institute of Chicago-USA, Bibliotheca Librorum Apud Aritificem Sydney – Australia, among others. She lives and works between California and Italy.

CURRICULUM

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015: Voyages (en train), Bologna Art Fair, Italy
2015: Voyages (en train), Featured artist, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2014: Voyages (en train), MIA (International Photography Art Fair) – Milan, Italy
2013: Voyages (en train), VisionQuest Gallery – Genova, Italy
2011: The Caretaker, Unseen Worlds – curated by Clelia Belgrado, VisionQuest Gallery – Genova, Italy
2011: I Libri d’Artista di Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli, curated by Silvana Turzio, Fortografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, Italy
2011: Secret Love, curated by Michele Serrano, Duchessa, Museo di Palazzo Rosso, Genova
2009: Secret Love, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California
2009: Secret Love, Festival de Photographie Manifesto – Toulouse, France
2005: Imaginary Biology: Fauna, The Office Art Gallery, Huntington Beach, California

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017:  Tempus Fugit, Photo Book Works 2017, Tallyn’s Reach Library, Aurora, Colorado
2017: Tempus Fugit, “Forgotten, Lost and Found”, BookOpolis – Dream a book, Asheville BookWorks, North Carolina

2016: The Caretaker, PhotoDocks 2016, Lyon, France
2016:Tempus Fugit, Forgotten, Lost and Found, International Art of the Book Show, Monroe County Library, Rochester, New York
2016: Tempus Fugit, Wonderlust, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2016: Tempus Fugit, Longitude, Latitude and Elevation, Valley Arts Gallery, Forest Grove, Oregon
2016: Memories of Egypt, Contemporary Book Arts, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire

2015: Bernoulli, Unhinged: Book Art on the Cutting Edge, Whatcom Museum, Washington
2015: Memories of Egypt, International Book Art 2015, Caiscais, Portugal

2014: Forgotten, Lost and Found, Outside the Margin, Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, Silver Spring, Maryland
2014: Voyages (en train) – Editions of Grandeur, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2014: Voyages (en train) – End in Nation, Genova, Italy
2014: Both artist’s books: Voyages (en train) and Forgotten, Lost and Found – San Diego Book Arts Fifth National Juried Exhibition, California
2014: Secret Love – Heart of the Book / Book of the Heart – The Crouch Fine Art Library, Baylor University, Texas
2014: Secret Love – Under the Wings of Artemis – University of Washington Librairies, Seattle, Washington

2013: Bernoulli Equation – The Artist’s Books Inspired by Science Books Exhibit-Grosvenor Rare Book Room – Buffalo Public Library, New York
2013: Voyages (en train) – Poignant and Playful, Pop-Up and Movable books – 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2013: Forgotten, Lost and Found, Kaleid Editions 2013, London, UK
2013: Memories of Egypt, The Caretaker, Rina Bouwen Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2013: Memories of Egypt, Winner of the Gallery Director’s Exhibition Award, Abecedarian Gallery, Colorado
2013: Secret Love, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2012: The Caretaker, On your Feet, VisionQuest Gallery – Genova, Italy
2012: Voyages (en train), Windows and Mirrors, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont
2012: Bernoulli Equation, 2nd prize winner of Familiar Relics, Handmade and Bound, Watkins College of Art Library, Nashville, Tennessee
2012: Memories of Egypt, San Diego Book Arts, UC San Diego, Geisel Library, California
2012: Memories of Egypt, winner of Masquelibros prize, Masqulibros Fair, Madrid, Spain
2012: The Caretaker, Longing from Home, Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2012: The Caretaker, Between the sheets: Artist’s books, Gallery East, North Fremantle, Australia

2010: The Caretaker, Nehmen sie Platz, Uovo di Struzzo Contemporary Art Gallery, Pieve di Teco, Italy
2010: Bernoulli Equation, The Book as Art: Hand2Hand, Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2010: Imaginary Biology: Fauna, The Art of Collecting, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy
2010: Secret Love, Mirrors of the Soul, Music – Poetry – Art, El Portal Theater, Los Angeles, California

2009: Artist’s Books, Beautiful books, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2009: Secret Love, Festival de Photographie Manifesto – Toulouse, France
2009: Artist’s Books, Beautiful Books, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado

2008 : Secret Love, National Artist Book Exhibition – Juried by Gay Walker, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2008: Secret Love, Ink and Clay, Juror Mark Steven Greenfield, W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery, Pomona, California

2007: Secret Love, Biannual Show, Juror Alma Ruiz, The Mike Napollielo Gallery, Hermosa Beach, California
2007: Secret Love, Alternative Processes, Juror Elizabeth Spungen, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado
2007: Imaginary biology: Fauna, Making Meaning, Juror Louis Stern, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California
2007: Imaginary Biology: Fauna, Electresthetic, Curator Chris Hoff, Cypress College Art Gallery, California

2006: Imaginary Biology: Fauna, OsCene: Contemporary Art and Culture in Orange County – Curator Jacqueline Bunge, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, California
2006: Forgotten Lost and Found, San Diego Book Arts, Juror Linda Corey Claasen, UC San Diego Library, California
2006: Imaginary Biology: Fauna, All Media 2006, Juror Jerry Burchfield, Irvine Fine Art Gallery, California

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS (AS OF June 2016)

    • Art Institute of Chicago, Flaxman library, Flasch Artitst book collection, Illinois
    • Arizona State University, Hayden Library, Phoenix
    • Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Washington State
    • Baylor University, The Crouch Fine Arts Library, Waco, Texas
    • Biblioteca Nacional de Espana, Department of Cartography and Fine Arts, Madrid
    • Bibliotheca Librorum apud Artificem, Sydney, Australia
    • Bibliothèque Municipale d’Anglet, France
    • The Buffalo and Erie County Library, Buffalo, New York
    • Carnagie Mellon University, Hunt Library, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Le Centre Pompidou, bibliothèque Kandinsky, Paris, France
    • The Getty Research Center, Los Angeles, California
    • Indiana University, fine arts library, artist book collection, Indianapolis
    • Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis Herron cut Library Artist Book Collection
    • Lafayette College, Skillman Library Special Collection, Easton, Pennsylvania
    • MacEwan University, Edmonton, Canada
    • Médiathèque Départementale de la Haute Garonne, Labège, France
    • Médiathèque Départementale de l’Hérault (D.D.L.L.), France
    • Médiathèques de Quimper, France
    • Mills College, Olin Library, Special Collections, Oakland, California
    • New York Public Library, New-York
    • Otis College of Arts and Design, Los Angeles
    • Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarosata, Florida
    • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
    • San Jose State University, king library, Special Collection, California
    • Savannah College of Art and Design, Jen Library, Giorgia
    • Skidmore College, Scribner Library, Saratoga, New York
    • Scripps College, Denison Library, Claremont, California
    • Texas Tech University Southwest collections
    • University of California, Berkley
    • University of California, Los Angeles
    • University of California, Riverside
    • University of California, San Diego, Giezel library
    • University of California, Santa Cruz
    • University of Colorado, Norlin Library special collections
    • University of Denver, Penasse Library, special collection, Colorado
    • University of Iowa, art library, Iowa City
    • University of Kentuky, Lucy Fine Arts Library
    • University of Michigan, Art Library
    • University of Southampton, Great Britain
    • University of Utah, Marriott Library
    • University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library
    • University of Washington, Seattle
    • Virginia Comonwealth University, Richmont
    • Virginia Tech, Art and Architecture library, blacksburg
    • Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan

2017: Tempus Fugit. Purchase Award winner for BookOpolis 2017 Dream a Book exhibition
2016: Tempus Fugit. Best of Show Award – “Wanderlust” at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2014: Honorable mention, Diffusion: A proclamation for Unconventional Photography Volume V
2013: Winner of the Gallery Director’s Exhibition Award, Abecedarian Gallery, Colorado
2013: Bernoulli Equation –  Video: Le Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2012: First prize winner of Masquelibros Fair, Madrid, Spain
2012: Second prize winner of Familiar Relics, Nashville, Tennessee
2009: O.C. Art Grant, The Downtown Santa Ana Business Council
2006: Honorable Mention, All Media, Irvine Fine Art Center

2004: Rick Malmin Memorial Photography Award, Orange Coast College

PUBLICATIONS / PRESS

      • 2016: The Artist’s Book Newsletter, July-August – Editor Sarah Bodman
      • 2012: 1000 Artist’s Books by Sandra Salamony, coauthors Peter and Donna Thomas. Quarry Books
      • 2012-2013: The Artist’s Book Yearbook – Editor Sarah Bodman – RBook
      • 2011: The New Yorker – What’s on view at the N.Y.P.L.’S centennial exhibit 
      • 2008: The O.C. Art Blog – Artist Interview with Chris Hoff – January 2008
      • 2007: World of Washi Newsletter – Winter 2007, Vol. 13, n 1. Japanese Paper in Digital Prints by A. Nabarra-Piomelli