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Valerie Belin - Silent Visions (English Edition)

Valerie Belin - Publisher Lienart - Otabind - 236 pages - Text in English - Published in 2024

Valérie Belin (born in 1964) is considered as one of the greatest artists of her generation and one of the few representatives of plastic photography.

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Model 9782359064292
Artist Valerie Belin
Author Laurence Bertrand-Dorléac, Marie Darrieussecq
Publisher Lienart
Format Otabind
Number of pages 236
Language English
Dimensions 330 x 248
Published 2024
Museum Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux

Through her images saturated with visual signs, as is the case of her most recent works, Valérie Belin plays with the codes of representation and blurs the boundaries between reality and the imaginary. In doing so, she retraces the technological and ontological changes in photography, from analogue to digital, while following in the footsteps of the avant-gardes of the interwar period by adopting techniques such as overprinting and solarisation. Her use of colour, from 2006 onwards, bestows a more pictorial dimension and sometimes a boldly "collage-like” aspect on her works.

The artist likes to say that she does not produce “photographs of objects”, but “portraits of objects”, in which she sees a “metaphor of the body traversed by light”. The Bodybuilders with their bulging, oiled bodies find an echo in the metal carcasses of the wrecked Cars , while the storefront Mannequins often seem more human than their flesh-and-blood counterparts.

The catalogue includes approximately 100 works from the artist’s career, from the late 1990s to more recent series.

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