Amandine Nabarra follows an intuitive creative process to make innovative storytelling projects that delve into themes of loss, reinvention, resilience and memories, presenting life narratives that underscore our shared humanity. 

Based on her photomontages and unique three-dimensional structures, she creates artist books that serve as a visceral journey of self-discovery. Each hand-made limited edition is offered to museums, libraries and private collectors. 

Nabarra is now taking her intimate storytelling techniques to a new scale, designing life-size installations and collective art projects. This amplifies the potential for unity through shared journeys, providing a counterpoint to our current divisive environment.

Nabarra is a French-born American artist living and working in Los Angeles.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014: “Secret Love”, Dr Larson’s art history exhibition, Moody Library, Baylor University, Waco, TX

2023:
Voyages (en train), The Female Gaze: “#GirlGaze: on the unique vision of female photographers”, by Diana Nicolette Jeon, FRAMES.
2023: “It doesn’t hurt anymore”, PhotoBookWorks 2023, Spark Galley, Denver, CO

2022: “Voyages (en train)”, Boundless exhibition, Bainbridge Island Museum, WA
2022: “Forgotten Lost and Found”, “Tempus Fugit”, “Bernoulli Equation” and “Memories of Egypt”, Reimagined: The Artist’s Book, William D. Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA
2022: “Tempus Fugit”, Showcase a virtual art gallery for photographers and artist books.
2022: “It Doesn’t Hurt Anymore”, PSBA 2022, Collins Memorial Library, Tacoma WA

2021: “Voyages (en train)”, “Tempus Fugit”, Seager/Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
2021: ”
Tempus Fugit”, Content, Davis, CA
2021: “
Bernoulli Equation”, Water is …, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, WA

2019: “Forgotten, Lost and Found”, Thomes, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
2019: “Tempus Fugit”, Hands on, University of California Berkeley, CA

2018: Catching the Light: Bookworks from Southern California, San Francisco Center for the Book, CA

2017: “Tempus Fugit”, Photo Book Works 2017, Tallyn’s Reach Library, Aurora, CO
2017: “Tempus Fugit,” “Forgotten, Lost and Found”, BookOpolis – Dream a Book, Asheville BookWorks, NC

2016: “The Caretaker”, PhotoDocks 2016, Lyon, France
2016:”Tempus Fugit”, “Forgotten, Lost and Found”, International Art of the Book Show,          Monroe County Library, Rochester, NY
2016: “Tempus Fugit”, Wonderlust, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR
2016: “Tempus Fugit”, Longitude, Latitude and Elevation, Valley Arts Gallery, Forest Grove, OR
2016: “Memories of Egypt”, Contemporary Book Arts, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH

2015: “Bernoulli Equation”, Unhinged: Book Art on the Cutting Edge, Whatcom Museum, WA
2015: “Memories of Egypt”, International Book Art 2015, Caiscais, Portugal

2014: “Forgotten, Lost and Found”, Outside the Margin, Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, Silver Spring, MD
2014: “Voyages (en train)”, Editions of Grandeur, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR
2014: “Voyages (en train)”, End in Nation, Genoa, Italy
2014: “Voyages (en train”) and “Forgotten, Lost and Found”, San Diego Book Arts Fifth National Juried Exhibition, CA
2014: “Secret Love”, Heart of the Book / Book of the Heart, The Crouch Fine Art Library, Baylor University, TX
2014: “Secret Love”, Under the Wings of Artemis, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, WA

2013: “Bernoulli Equation”, The Artist’s Books Inspired by Science Books Exhibit-Grosvenor Rare Book Room, Buffalo Public Library, NY
2013: “Voyages (en train)”, Poignant and Playful, Pop-Up and Movable books – 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR
2013: “Forgotten, Lost and Found”, Kaleid Editions 2013, London, UK
2013: “Memories of Egypt”, “The Caretaker”, Rina Bouwen Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2013: “Memories of Egypt”, Winner of the Gallery Director’s Exhibition Award, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO
2013: “Secret Love”, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR

2012: “The Caretaker”, On your Feet, VisionQuest Gallery – Genoa, Italy
2012: “Voyages (en train)”, Windows and Mirrors, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT
2012: “Bernoulli Equation”, 2nd prize winner of Familiar Relics, Handmade and Bound, Watkins College of Art Library, Nashville, TN
2012: “Memories of Egypt”, San Diego Book Arts, UC San Diego, Geisel Library, CA
2012: “Memories of Egypt”, winner of Masquelibros prize, Masqulibros Fair, Madrid, Spain
2012: “The Caretaker”, Longing from Home, Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2012: “The Caretaker”, Between the sheets: Artist’s books, Gallery East, North Fremantle, Australia

2010: “The Caretaker”, Nehmen sie Platz, Uovo di Struzzo, Contemporary Art Gallery, Pieve di Teco, Italy
2010: “Bernoulli Equation”, The Book as Art: Hand2Hand, Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, WA
2010: “Imaginary Biology: Fauna”, The Art of Collecting, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy
2010: “Secret Love”, Mirrors of the Soul, Music–Poetry–Art, El Portal Theater, Los Angeles, CA

2009: Artist’s Books, Beautiful books, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR
2009: “Secret Love”, Festival de Photographie Manifesto – Toulouse, France
2009: Artist’s Books, Beautiful Books, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO

2008 : “Secret Love”, National Artist Book Exhibition, Juried by Gay Walker, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR
2008: “Secret Love”, Ink and Clay, Juror Mark Steven Greenfield, W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery, Pomona, CA

2007: “Secret Love”, Biannual Show, Juror Alma Ruiz, The Mike Napollielo Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA
2007: “Secret Love”, Alternative Processes, Juror Elizabeth Spungen, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
2007: “Imaginary biology: Fauna”, Making Meaning, Juror Louis Stern, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
2007: “Imaginary Biology: Fauna”, Electresthetic, Curator Chris Hoff, Cypress College Art Gallery, CA

2006: “Imaginary Biology: Fauna”, OsCene: Contemporary Art and Culture in Orange County – Curator Jacqueline Bunge, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, CA
2006: “Forgotten Lost and Found”, San Diego Book Arts, Juror Linda Corey Claasen, UC San Diego Library, CA
2006: “Imaginary Biology: Fauna”, All Media 2006, Juror Jerry Burchfield, Irvine Fine Art Gallery, CA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015: “Voyages (en train)”, Bologna Art Fair, Italy
2015: Voyages (en train), Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO

2014: “Voyages (en train)”, MIA (International Photography Art Fair), Milan, Italy

2013: “Voyages (en train)”, VisionQuest Gallery, Genoa, Italy

2011: “The Caretaker”, Unseen Worlds, curated by Clelia Belgrado, VisionQuest Gallery, Genoa, Italy
2011: I Libri d’Artista di Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli, curated by Silvana Turzio, Fortografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, Italy
2011: “Secret Love”, Duchessa, Museo di Palazzo Rosso, Genoa, Italy

2009: “Secret Love”, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
2009: “Secret Love”, Festival de Photographie Manifesto – Toulouse, France

2005: “Imaginary Biology: Fauna”, The Office Art Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS (As of May 2021)

Art Institute of Chicago, Flaxman library, Flasch Artist book collection, IL
Arizona State University, Hayden Library, Phoenix, AZ
Artphilien De Pietri Foundation, Vaduz, Switzerland
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, WA
Baylor University, The Crouch Fine Arts Library, Waco, TX
Biblioteca Nacional de Espana, Department of Cartography and Fine Arts, Madrid, Spain
Bibliotheca Librorum apud Artificem, Sydney, Australi
Bibliothèque Municipale d’Anglet, France
The Buffalo and Erie County Library, Buffalo, NY
Carnagie Mellon University, Hunt Library, Pittsburgh, PA
Le Centre Pompidou, bibliothèque Kandinsky, Paris, France
The Getty Research Center, Los Angeles, CA
Indiana University, fine arts library, artist book collection, Indianapolis, ID
Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis Herron cut Library Artist Book Collection, ID
Lafayette College, Skillman Library Special Collection, Easton, PA
MacEwan University, Edmonton, Canada
Médiathèque Départementale de la Haute Garonne, Labège, France
Médiathèque Départementale de l’Hérault (D.D.L.L.), France
Médiathèques de Quimper, France
Mills College, Olin Library, Special Collections, Oakland, CA
New York Public Library, NY
Otis College of Arts and Design, Los Angeles, CA
Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarosata, FL
Rhode Island School of Design, PR
San Jose State University, King library, Special Collection, San Jose, CA
Savannah College of Art and Design, Jen Library, GA
Skidmore College, Scribner Library, Saratoga, NY
Scripps College, Denison Library, Claremont, CA
Texas Tech University Southwest collections, Lubbock, TX
University of California, Berkley, CA
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
University of California, Riverside, CA
University of California, Giezel library, San Diego,, CA
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
University of Colorado, Norlin Library special collections, CO
University of Denver, Penasse Library, special collection, CO
University of Iowa, Art library, Iowa City, IA
University of Kentuky, Lucy Fine Arts Library, KY
University of Michigan, Art Library, MI
University of Southampton, Great Britain
University of Utah, Marriott Library, UT
University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, VT
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Virginia Comonwealth University, Richmont, VA
Virginia Tech, Art and Architecture library, blacksburg, VA
Wayne State University Detroit, MI

Awards:

2017: Tempus Fugit. Purchase Award winner for BookOpolis 2017 Dream a Book exhibition
2016: Tempus Fugit. Best of Show Award – “Wanderlust” at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2014: Honorable mention, Diffusion: A proclamation for Unconventional Photography Volume V
2013: Winner of the Gallery Director’s Exhibition Award, Abecedarian Gallery, Colorado
2013: Bernoulli Equation –  Video: Le Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2012: First prize winner of Masquelibros Fair, Madrid, Spain
2012: Second prize winner of Familiar Relics, Nashville, Tennessee
2009: O.C. Art Grant, The Downtown Santa Ana Business Council
2006: Honorable Mention, All Media, Irvine Fine Art Center
2004: Rick Malmin Memorial Photography Award, Orange Coast College

PUBLICATIONS / PRESS

2023: Voyages (en train), The Female Gaze: “#GirlGaze: on the unique vision of female photographers”, by Diana Nicolette Jeon, FRAMES.
2023
: A physical book which compiles conceptual books by various artists, Partial Press.
2017: “Unhinged: Book Art on the Cutting Edge”, Watcom Museum, Bellingham, WA
2016: “The Artist’s Book Newsletter”, July-August – Editor Sarah Bodman
2012: “1000 Artist’s Books” by Sandra Salamony, coauthors Peter and Donna Thomas. Quarry Books
2012-2013: “The Artist’s Book Yearbook” – Editor Sarah Bodman – RBook
2011: “The New Yorker” – What’s on view at the N.Y.P.L.’S centennial exhibit, New York, NY 
2008: “The O.C. Art Blog” – Artist Interview with Chris Hoff – January 2008
2007: “World of Washi” Newsletter – Winter 2007, Vol. 13, n 1. Japanese Paper in Digital Prints by A. Nabarra-Piomelli, Los Angeles, CA

Curation, Presentations and Design

2023: Co-curator of Showcase a virtual gallery for Photographers and Artist books.

2019 to today: On demand online presentation of my artist books.

2018: Special viewing of artist books: Speaker Marcia Reed. Selection of Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli’s work at the Getty Research Center – the “Artists and Their books / Books and their Artists”, Los Angeles, CA

2017: Bazooka Grooves: Designer and founder – Wearable art collection.

Video

2013: Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. Amandine Nabarra Piomelli: Formule de Bernoulli. Video: https://www.centrepompidou.fr/en/ressources/media/o5oZACc