• BOUCHER Mélissa

Storms don’t justify themselves

Losing one’s bearings when one starts walking is quite a nice feeling. Being disoriented.
Going through all these night scenes like a city-walker, and making little by little his own nocturnal ritual.

In Saigon, along Nguyen Hue Avenue and the pedestrian walks around Hanoi lakes; in the shadow of its street lamps, the growing modernity welcomes a youth with some ambiguous sense of belongings, casually turned towards the future.
Foreign to these places, I walk around and pay attention to details, seeking in seemingly insignificant gestures, this generation secrets whose codes are unknown to me.
These scenes among friends, motorcycles parked on the sidewalk, altars, street-lights and luxury shops are lightened up by poetic exchanges.
Random exchanges with street vendors, laughter from girls dressed in long American t-shirts.
From horns and motorcycle sounds, the night is not peaceful, but there is something in the air that is not deceiving: the serenity of renewal, the peculiar dampness and freshness feeling of a night after the storm.


Mélissa Boucher, French-Bolivian was born in 1986. She is a member of Le Houloc collective workshop since December 2016.
After an intensive foundation degree in literature, she graduated from the Beaux-Arts in Paris. She can either be involved in individual or collaborative projects.
With her images, she rethinks and reimagines her encounters and mouvements, as her creations delve into memory, questioning our relationship to space, time and narrative: a play between documentary drama and fiction.
Her collaborative project Sonnette with Marine de la Loge, was exhibited at the festival Circulation(s) in 2016 and in April 2017 at the MMA, Moscow - art and multimedia museum - as part of a carte blanche at the festival Circulation(s).

Her projects and images are a way to re-think her trips and encounters. Composing with images a way to explore memory and narratives.

Her project Sonnette in duo with Marine de La Loge was presented in the photography festival Circulations(s) in 2016 and in the museum MMA of Moscow in 2017. She has participated in collective exhibitions in galleries, such as Monstres et Madones in Triple V, Pixel Monument in the gallery of Cité des Arts in Paris,the Visceral reality in Les Bains Douches of Alençon. Her last project in Vietnam will be exposed during the festival Les Boutographies in Montpellier in May 2019.