Ilan Manouach

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Ilan Manouach (1980, Athens) is a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary artist work­ing with exper­i­men­tal and con­cep­tual comics. Since 2003 he has pub­lished more than a dozen book works and has curated four antholo­gies bring­ing together con­tri­bu­tions from artists, crit­ics, lawyers and dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sion­als of the book indus­try. Addi­tion­ally, he is a book pub­lisher, musi­cal com­poser, and per­former. His the­o­ret­i­cal research, con­ducted at the MA pro­gram of the Dutch Art Insti­tute, Arnhem, artic­u­lates a pro­posal for an unac­knowl­edged doc­u­men­ta­tion of con­cep­tual comics. The unlo­cat­ed­ness in the medium’s spec­trum is more than an abstrac­tion: works oper­ate on the mar­gins of dis­tri­b­u­tion and recep­tion, artists uncom­fort­able with the entrenched roles per­form under mul­ti­ple iden­ti­ties and capac­i­ties and read­ers, in the absence of crit­i­cal dis­course engage with the works in foren­sic, at times non­spec­i­fied, ways of exam­i­na­tion. His the­sis (2017), and the upcom­ing anthol­ogy, result­ing from a two-year long research at the DAI, pro­vides the res­onat­ing cham­ber for these works, and a spring­board for estab­lish­ing the con­di­tions for an affec­tive lin­eage between sim­i­larly minded prac­ti­tion­ers. He is cur­rently a Ph.D. can­di­date in the New Media Depart­ment of the Aalto Uni­ver­sity of Helsinki. He lives between Brussels, Helsinki and Athens.

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