“I am delighted to be awarded a position on the Future Artists programme. My work is about the evolution of relationships between subject and observer, challenging the idea of the audience, evolving our understanding of the gaze and its transformative power, using photography as a therapeutic tool, exploring multimedia techniques to reach more people and working with new organisations. This opportunity with Belfast Exposed can only reinforce these foundations.” – Manon Ouimet
Manon Ouimet is a London-based photographer who began her career as a fashion and beauty photographer. In 2019 she received a distinction for an MA in Photography at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Manon’s work has been published and exhibited internationally. Recent successes include: Monochrome Photography Awards – 1st Place NUDE 2019 and Prix de la Photographie – 2nd Place 2019
Manon Ouimet is a London-based photographer. In 2019 she received a distinction for an MA in Photography at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Manon engages with notions of beauty, identity and therapeutic values of photography posing difficult yet essential questions regarding body image and visual representation. Her work advocates understanding and compassion while inspiring self-confidence and positivity with the individuals with whom she collaborates.
Manon’s latest series, ALTERED a body of photographic work, aims to encourage inclusion by displaying the honesty of physical alterations. Capturing people connected by radical life-changing body alterations due to forms of violence ranging from health to political. The intention is to illuminate people who often feel marginalised and contribute to conversations about equality and diversity. The process of making these works also aims to encourage the sitters to increase their confidence and reclaim their identity, employing the practice of the ‘therapeutic gaze’ whereby the artistic process can take its participants on an emotional journey of self-discovery.