Ilan Manouach (Athens, 1980) is a multidisciplinary artist with a specific interest in conceptual comics. He also actively works as a publisher and a professional musician. He holds a BFA from L’Ecole Supérieure des Arts, in Brussels and is currently enrolled as a student in the MA Program of the Dutch Art Institute in the Netherlands. Since 2003, he has published more than a dozen bookworks under the catalogue of a small informal publishing house based in Brussels. He has curated four anthologies bringing together contributions from artists, critics, lawyers and different professionals of the book industry.
In the comics world, he is mostly known for the unsigned comic book appropriations, and the manifestos supplementing these edition. He has published illegal appropriations of existing comic books, and reinjected his detournements in the book market. He continuously claims for the importance of an idiosyncratic “reader’s space”, beyond all imposed meanings coming from the author or from the prevailing readings of certain works. Following a mode d’emploi, consisting of a very simple chart of manipulations to guide him through the process, he seeks to instantiate this specific reader’s space, by retaliating upon this exact same format. These facsimile versions are annually disseminated during the Angoulême International Comics Festival, making use of the political traction of the manifestation in order to demonstrate that comic books exist in their primary state and conceived as a mass-produced object. are a powerful self-reflexive medium.
His books have received generous support on different occasions from the Centre National du Livre in France and La Communauté Française de Belgique. He is a Fellow and an alumnus of the Kone Foundation in Finland. Currently he is busy presenting Shapereader, an invented system of tactile literature specifically designed for reader with visual disabilities. The exhibition and a related workshop has been scheduled in France, USA, Greece, Israel, Spain, Finland, Denmark and Switzerland.