Pushing the boundaries of conventional, realist photography, Valérie Belin exploits the possibilities of digital manipulation, creating work that hovers between reality and illusion. In this talk, the French photographer discusses her work, exploring her fascination with artifice and the significance of appearance in her often unnerving, surreal images. Belin is joined in conversation by Paul Wombell.
This event is part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s talk series Prix Pictet Conversations on Photography, which provides a platform for leading contemporary photographers from around the world to discuss and present their practice.
Supported by Pictet & Cie.
Valérie Belin (b 1964, Boulogne-Billancourt, France) has exhibited extensively internationally. A major solo exhibition of her work was shown at the Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2015. Her work has been featured in several group exhibitions, including at the Mori Art Museum Tokyo, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Belin is the subject of numerous monographs, including Valérie Belin (black eyed susan), with an essay by Tobia Bezzola, published by JRP Ringier, in 2011. Her work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Musée d’art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Kunsthaus Zürich, Los Angeles County Museum, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Belin lives and works in Paris.
Paul Wombell is an independent curator and writer on photography living in London. He was the Guest Curator of the 2013 Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal with the theme Drone: The Automated Image. Between 2011-2014 he was the Artistic Director of the photographic mission on the French landscape, France(s) Territoire Liquide. He edited the currant issue of the Madrid based magazine EXIT on the theme the camera.