© 2018. Tristan Haddad

Mickaël Zermati was born in Montpellier in 1986, he grew up in Paris and studied to be an upholsterer at Ecole Boulle from 2004 to 2008.
At 21 he moved to New York, where he worked as a carpenter and spent this nights wandering around in the city with his camera. After returning to France in 2009 he settled in Bordeaux, during the time he exhibited street photographs from New York, took part in workshops and participated in the Labo Révélateur d’Images contest.
In 2012, he went to China where he produced Lilong, a long walk through this district of Shanghai, which he exhibited as part of Festival Manifestoff and published in the independant edition AaOo. Since 2013, he has lived in Toulouse and participated in different workshops and residencies at Espace St-Cyprien, which helped him to assert his photographic sensibility.
In 2017, he was invited by Festival MAP  to exhibit at Musée Paul Dupuy La Roseraie; a work developed over two years in the oldest dance club of Toulouse. The same year, he began ITSASOAN, a residency created by Pierre Montagnez. This two years  photographic project ended with an exhibition at Espace St-Cyprien in 2019 and upcoming at Le Perchœir in Niort in 2020.
In 2018, he was one of the founding members of the Collectif Strabisme, which have a visual focus in order to set up temporary exhibition events to promote emerging new artists. Moving forward, he quited his job to concentrate exclusively on his photography projects.
In 2019, the Festival MAP invited Collectif Strabisme to create a new exhibition, about the exile and the rememberance for 80th years of the Retirada. The project Traces d’exil is presented at Espace Croix Baragnon of Toulouse.
The same year he did creative residence at Espace St Cyprien for A l’ombre de nous project and participated in the workshop Profession Artiste at BBB Centre d’art.

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