Valérie Belin

Valérie Belin


Sterling Silver Jug, color #13


Pigment print UNFRAMED

Image size: 26.7cmHx20cmW

Print size: 33cmHx22cmW

Edition of 15

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+ About the work

CHINA GIRLS - The series title is inspired a term from the movie industry that referred to the image - usually a portrait of a young woman posing next to a greyscale - that was inserted in the lead-in to a film before copies were made. The young women depicted in the photographs appear as though they have this secondary role of China Girl actresses. Elegantly dressed, like contemporary geishas, they kneel in the middle of a dense décor full of various oddities, porcelain objects, curious antiquities, bowls filled with flowers and fruit...

The superimposition of motifs creates rich landscapes that reference the background of old master Renaissance paintings. These sceneries also reflect the model's psychology. The different planes of the image are blurred through matte painting and overprint techniques, thus creating a sensory and alluring material illusion of scenery and portrait.

+ About the artist

Valérie Belin is interested in the photographic medium in its own right; this is at once the subject of her work and her way of reflecting and creating. Light, matter and the body of things and beings in general, as well as their transformations and representations, constitute the terrain of her experiments and the world of her artistic creations.

The works of Valérie Belin have been exhibited around the world and are held in numerous public and private collections including Centre Pompidou, Paris, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA , Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland and the National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Seoul, South Korea. She is the winner of the Prix Pictet in 2015 (Disorder), and in 2017 she was made an officer of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.