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Gallery Representation

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Seattle, WA 98104
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Scarlett Coten is an independent French female photographer who dedicates herself essentially to personal, long term projects. Since the 2000s the Arab countries are at the heart of her photographic practice, which explores the themes of identity and intimacy.

After graduating from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, France, Coten traveled to Egypt to realize « Still alive », spending months through the Sinai desert with the Bedouins. Her strong attachment to this people and their stories, and her immersion in the Bedouin society, bring a unique and remarkable intimacy to this work. The series, produced over three years, was published by Actes sud in 2009. Coten was awarded the Humanity Photo Award in 2004 in Beijing, China, and nominated at the NYPH Festival in 2009 for her book.

From 2012 to 2016, following the Arab Spring, Scarlett Coten has been engaged in the project « Mectoub » photographing men in seven Arab countries. The series bring into view the audacity of a generation which has adopted an emancipated attitude to life and challenge the traditional image of the Arab man as well as their representation in the Western media. The portraits draw attention to the discrepancy between social conformity and individual longing and in all of her images there is a palpable sense of empathy. Her work hovers between a documentary – style approach and highly lyrical portraiture, blending testimony with intimacy. By questioning the masculine identity of a generation involved in the evolution of today’s world, the Mectoub series challenge traditional notions of gender, concepts of virility and even the men’s relationship to women. As a photographer, Coten positions herself as a woman who gazes at men, and in so doing, flips the convention of whose right it is to look, thereby affirming that the camera itself has a gender. By paying attention to the politics of seeing and being seen, Coten raises universal questions of identity and power, freeing the way of looking at the world from stereotypes, whilst adding another point of view, the female gaze point of view on men; a very much subversive act, which by extension, invites the viewer to reconsider the supremacy of the masculine perspective in the history of art.

Solo Exhibitions

Mectoub, Galerie Spree, Paris – 2016 / 2017
Mectoub, Leica Oscar Barnack Award 2016, Paris Photo – 2016
Mectoub & Still alive, Dar Al Anda Gallery, Festival Image-Amman, Jordan – 2016
Mectoub, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle, USA – 2015
Mectoub, French Institute, Alexandria, Egypt – 2015
Mectoub, Guernesey Photography Festival, UK – 2014
Mectoub, L’Émoi Photographique Festival, Angoulême, France – 2014
Still alive, French Institute, Alexandria, Egypt – 2013
Mectoub, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Fez, Morocco – 2012
Mectoub, Mois de la Photo, Espace Central Dupon, Paris, France – 2012
Mectoub, Maroc evolution & Still alive, PhotoMed Festival, Sanary, France – 2012
Still alive,The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubaï, UAE – 2010
Still alive, Galerie 127 & French Institute, Marrakech, Morocco – 2010
Still alive, Galerie L’Imagerie, Les Estivales Photographiques, Lannion, France – 2009
Still alive, Regards Festival, Perpignan, France – 2009
Still alive, Les galeries de la Fnac : Paris, Lille, Lyon, Toulouse, Marseille, Amiens,
Perpignan, Barcelone, Alicante… 2002 / 2004
Still alive, Photo España Festival, Madrid, Spain – 2002
Cocoon cockpit & Cameleon caravans, Mc Cann Erickson, Paris, France – 2002
Still alive, Festival International de la Photographie, Biarritz, France – 2001

Group Exhibitions

Mectoub, Leica Oscar Barnack Award 2016, Weltzar, Germany – 2017
Mectoub, « Back stories », Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle, USA – 2017
Mectoub, Photolux Festival, Lucca, Italia – 2016
Mectoub, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, SlideLuck Fez, Morocco – 2016
Mectoub, Cutlog, Hôtel Particulier, Montmartre, Paris – 2016
Mectoub, Neuen Shule für Fotografie Berlin, Germany –  2016
Mectoub, Head On Portrait Prize exhibition, Museum of Sydney, Australia – 2016
Mectoub, Lichtblick Gallery, « Ladies only », Cologne, Germany – 2015
Still alive, Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia – 2015
Mectoub, Tbilisi Photo Festival, Night of Photography, Georgia – 2015
Mectoub, Mois de la Photo, Galerie 127, Paris, France – 2014
Mectoub, SlideLuck Caracas, Venezuela – 2014
Mectoub, ImageSinfulières Festival, Sète, France – 2014
Mectoub, Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia – 2014
Mectoub, SlideLuck Fez, Morocco – 2014
Mectoub, Open Show #3 Arles, France – 2013
Cameleon caravans, Galerie L’Atelier du midi, Arles, France – 2013
Mectoub, Open Show #6 Paris, France – 2013
Still alive, Galerie 127, Marrakech, Morocco – 2013
Still alive, Galerie du Château d’eau, Toulouse, France – 2012
Maroc evolution, French Institute, Essaouira, Morocco – 2012
Still alive, Galerie 127, Marrakech, Morocco – 2011
Maroc evolution, Marrakech Art Fair, Galerie 127, Morocco – 2011
Plastic bloom, Affordable Art Fair, J&N Galerie, Brussels, Belgium – 2011
Because the night, Affordable Art Fair, J&N Galerie, Paris, France – 2010
Still alive, Paris Photo, Galerie 127, Paris, France – 2009
Because the Night, J&N Galerie, Paris, France – 2008
Empty spot, Galerie Sit Down, Paris, France – 2006
Still alive, Maison de l’Unesco, Paris, France – 2005
Still alive, Pavillon des Nations Unies, Aichi, Japan – 2005
Still alive, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China – 2004
Still alive, Mois de la Photo, La Conciergerie, « La Collection Photographique de La Fnac », Paris, France – 2004
Still alive, « La Collection Photographique de la Fnac », Milan, Turin, Italia – 2003
Still alive, « La Collection Photographique de la Fnac », Valencia, Spain – 2002


Still alive, Actes Sud Editions, Arles, France, November 2009

Anthologies & Exhibitions Catalogs

Firecrackers : Contemporary Female Photographers, Thames and Hudson, London – 2017
Photographers Sketchbooks, Thames and Hudson, London – 2014
Caravane(s), L’erre de rien éditions, France – 2014
Mectoub #02, self publishing, Newspaperclub, London – 2014
Mediterranean landscapes, bruit brut01, Macrosonges editions, France – 2013
Mectoub #01, self publishing, Newspaperclub, London – 2013
La photographie entre histoire et poésie, Editions Mazzotta, Photographies de la collection Fnac – 2002

Awards & Honors

Scarlett Coten : winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2016
Mectoub, Finalist Head On Portrait Prize – 2016
Mectoub, Shorlist POPCAP’16 (20 best entries) – 2016
Mectoub, Shortlist Athens Photo Festival – 2016
Mectoub, Finalist Prix Mentor – 2015
Mectoub, Shorlist Felix Schoeller Photo Award (Portrait Category) – 2015
Mectoub, Shorlist Leica Oskar Barnack Award (50 best entries) – 2015
Mectoub, Finalist Barcelona International Photography Award, Spain – 2015
Mectoub, Finalist Festival International de Foto de Cabo Verde – 2014
Mectoub, Finalist Guernsey Photography Festival, UK – 2014
Mectoub, Honorable Mention Moscow International Foto Awards, Russia – 2014
Mectoub, Honorable Mention, International Photography Award, USA 2013
Plastic Bloom, Finalist Professional Photographer of the Year (Top 20 Medium Format), USA – 2013
Maroc evolution, Because the night, Plastic Bloom, Honorables Mentions, PX3 Altered Images, USA – 2012
Still alive, Because the night, Animals dream, Empty spot, Honorables Mentions, International Photography Award, USA – 2011
Still alive, Nominated (Book Category) NYPH Festival Award, USA – 2009
Still alive, Winner Portrait Category, Beijing Photo Award, China – 2004


Musée Nicéphore Niepce / Les Galeries de la Fnac, France
L’Imagerie, Lannion, France
China Folklore Photographic Association, Beijing, China
Freddy Denaes Collection, France
Claude Deloffre Collection, France

Artist in Residencies

Amman, Jordan, French Institute – 2016
Cairo, Egypt, French Institute – 2015
Alexandria, Egypt, French Institute – 2015
Ramallah, Palestine, French Institute & Goethe Institute – 2014
Alexandria, Egypt, French Institute – 2013 :
Cairo, Egypt, French Institute – 2013
Fez, Morroco, French Institute – 2012
Tangier, Morroco, French Institute – 2012

Selected Press, Publications, Features and Interviews

France Photographie : Six raisons de visiter Paris Photo, Février 2017
Biba : Les hommes de Scarlett Coten, 4 Janvier 2017
Télérama / Sortir Paris : Scarlett Coten, prix Leica 2016 – Mectoub, 4 Janvier 2017,230519.php?ccr=oui
PHmuseum : The photographer of the day : Scarlett Coten, 6 Décembre 2016
Mectoub, Photographs and text by Scarlett Coten, Lensculture, 2016
Fisheye: Prix / Une édition remarquable, Nov-Dec 2016
Photo : Paris Photo / Prix Leica Oskar Barnack 2016 Scarlett Coten, lauréate, Nov-Dec 2016
Arte JT 11 Novembre 2016 / Paris Photo : Portrait de « mecs arabes »
Middle East Revised / Art of resistance, Egypt, 2016
Middle East Eye, 2016: Un prix prestigieux pour une série de photos sur les hommes dans le monde arabe
The Leica camera blog, 2016
El Watan Weekend 2016/05/03 / Algeria, 2016 / London, 2016سكارليت-كوتن-تبديل-الأدوار-الجندرية
OnOrient, 2015
The Postcolonialist, 2015
Vanguard/Seattle, 2015
Paris Photo Agenda, 2015
L’Oeil de la Photographie, 2015
Off The Wall Magazine, 2014
De l’air Magazine, 2014
The Eye of Photography, 2014
Cocoon Cockpit, Mrs Dean, independant Photo blog, 2014
Mectoub, DDMagazine, Italia, 2014
Empty spot, Askmanuela, Art inspirational blog, 2014
Mectoub, « Scarlett Coten dévoile sa vision de l’homme marocain », Tel Quel Online, Morocco, 2014évoile-sa-vision-de-l’homme-marocain
Mectoub, Photographs and text by Scarlett Coten, Lensculture, 2014
Mectoub, « Cachez-moi cette virilité que je ne saurais voir! »,, Morocco, 2014
Mectoub, « Un témoignage de Scarlett Coten », Afrique In Visu, 2013,895.html
Mectoub, »Scarlett Coten unveils Arab men »,, Pakistan, 2013 cotin-unveilsarab-men-egypt-morocco-video
Mectoub, « Reimagining the image of the modern arab men », Afriqua is a country, 2013
Maroc evolution, Toy Camera: Best in show, Square Magazine SP03, 2013
Mectoub, Le Journal de la Photographie, 2012
Mectoub, Diptyk, Casablanca, Morocco, 2012
Mectoub, Un autre Maroc, Images Magazine, Paris, France, 2012
Maroc evolution, Maroc. L’air du large, Le Monde, Paris, France, 2011
Still alive, Nomads Magazine Spring 2011, New York, USA, 2011
Still alive, Un autre regard sur l’Egypte, Le Soir, Morocco, 2011
Still alive, Afrique in Visu, Paris, France, 2010,274.html
Still alive, Mrs Dean, independant Photo blog, 2010
Still alive, Weird and wonderful, The National, Dubaï, UAE, 2010
Still alive, Masters of the desert, The Weekend Review and Golfnews, Dubaï, UAE, 2010
Still Alive, Bedouin Business, 7Days, Dubaï, UAE, 2010
Still Alive, Emarat Al Youm, Dubaï, UAE, 2010
Still alive, The Culturist, Dubai, UAE, 2010
Still alive, Brownbook, Dubaï, UAE, 2010
Still alive, Scarlett Coten, un joyeux désert, Libération, Paris, France, 2010
Still alive, Lensculture, Paris, France, 2009
Still alive, Paris Photo, Cap sur l’orient, Diptyk Magazine, Morocco, 2009
Still alive, MNP, Moscow, Russia, 2009