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Kirch Michel

Kirch Michel

Michel Kirch was born in Metz (France) in 1952 within an artists family. He alternates for several years between major travel projects – a year in the Sahara, four months with the Bedouin in Sinai, a summer on a trawler out of Santander, 3 years in Lower Galilee, a year in Tel Aviv, a winter in the High Atlas – and   practising medicine. He writes accounts of his travels and discovers photography
• Organ Prize at the Metz (France) Conservatory
• Trains as a doctor in Strasbourg (France)
 • A year's training as a mountain guide at the French army's Ecole de Haute Montagne in Chamonix
• After his year in the Sahara comes his first exhibition – Jeux de Sable – at Espace Canon in Paris
• Shows in galleries in Europe, the United States and Asia
• Is invited to represent France in the Shapes of Time exhibition at the Alexandria Biennale in Egypt in 2008
• Works acquired by public and private collection
• The Province of Milan chooses works from his series Climats (Climates) to accompany a lecture by Edgar Morin and      establish a link between Morin's thinking and the world of art
• Becomes the first artist to be chosen by the foundation L’Art pour la Conscience et le Partage des Biens Communs,  sponsored by Edgar Morin, and donates a work to the foundation
• Is chosen two years running (2009, 2010) by the Esther Woerdehoff gallery for Paris Photo, and for MIART and MIA in Milan (2010, 2011)
• Is selected three years running by Mac Paris (2009–2011)
• In May 2010 his exhibition TransPhotographies is spotlighted by the City of Marseille's cultural programme
• Invited by the John McDermott Gallery to the Angkor Foto Festival in 2010
• His exhibition at Espace Cardin in Paris in December 2011 is sponsored by Edgar Morin, with the backing of the European Space Agency and Astrium (with painter Dominique Paulin)
• In June 2012 he is named Intercultural Ambassador by the UNESCO Sorbonne Club
• Invited to show at the Tel Aviv Autumn Salon in November 2012
• Invited by the French Embassy in India to exhibit in New Delhi in February 2013
• Invited by UNESCO to exhibit during the Global Conference in June 2013
• Retrospective on various sites in the city of Metz, including the Musée de la Cour d’Or, September 2013 – January 2014
• Show with the Baudoin Lebon gallery at the Art O’Clock fair, Paris, September 2013
• Black and White magazine: Award Winner, Portfolio Contest, November 2013
• Grand Prix Eurazéo for Photography, 2013
• Publication of the tryptic “le Jardin” in “Consumption”, editions teNeues, september 2014
• Publication of the monography “ les éveillés ” November 2014 
• BENAKI MUSEUM, GREECE - Athens Photobook Show , 3 June - 26 July 2015
• Invited by the Mairie de Paris and the European Day of Jewish Culture in the theme “Bridges and Cultures” with personal exhibition and conference. september 2015
• Winner of the International Competition « Spirit of the Mediterranean », organized by PHOTOMED and LENSCULTURE. May 26 - June 19,  2016