Marie Le Mounier (born in Brest in 1970) is a French visual artist, she lives and works in Zurich and Brussels. Known for her work based on the appropriation and editing of found images, her often large format installations question the status of photography and images in general.
She studied art and photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. She graduated from the National Superior School of Photography in Arles and is currently finishing a Masters in didactics of languages and cultures.
Her first solo exhibition Prayer Line was shown at the Rencontres internationales de la photographie, Arles in 2003. Composed of film heroines pointing a pistol right at the spectator, the series Angel, was part of several exhibitions including a personal show in Brussels at Botanique in 2009. The starting point of the work - the famous quote from Jean-Luc Godard “to make a film, you must have a girl and a gun” - underlined the extent to which the very image of the fantasy embodied by the “Girl with Gun" is fully codified. Leader presented in the form of a very large wallpaper (11 meters) as part of the biennial of Louvain La Neuve in 2007, is a work around the representation of heads of state. An artist book from the series has been published by Onestar press editions. A large mural was shown at the Ryerson Image Center, Toronto as part of the exhibition Anti-Glamour: Portraits of Women in 2015. A new body of work The Peak was recently on view at the French Institute in Phnom Penh.
Le Mounier has participated in residencies in Europe, America and Asia. She was nominated for the fourth edition of the prestigious Prix Pictet in 2012. She taught at the School of La Cambre in Brussels from 2007 until 2020. She is interested in multidisciplinary teaching and leads workshops in Europe and abroad.
Exhibitions include solo shows at Botanique Brussels; Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles and group exhibitions at Institut français, Phnom Penh, Hangar Art Center, Brussels, A.VE.NU.DE.JET.TE – Institut de Carton, Brussels; Ryerson Image Center, Toronto; Arend Art (with Beat Streuli), Luxembourg; Biennale de l'image, Louvain La Neuve; Elastic Residence, London; De Garage, Mechelen; Toronto School of Art Gallery; Couvent de la Tourette, Lyon; CipM, Marseille; Station Mir, Hérouville Saint-Clair; Centre d’Art Contemporain de Ventabren; Les Photaumnales, Beauvais; Institut Culturel Franco Manitobain; Galerie Lumière, Winnipeg.