Valérie Belin is one of the most celebrated French photographers working today. In presenting her work in The Netherlands FLATLAND will work closely with the esteemed gallery Nathalie Obadia in Paris who has been working with her for years.
Initially influenced by various minimalist and conceptual tendencies, Valérie Belin became 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 ideas.
Born in Boulogne-Billancourt (France) in 1964, Valérie Belin lives and works in Paris (France). She graduated from the École Nationale des Beaux Arts de Bourges (1983–88) and gained a DEA (the equivalent of a Master of Advanced Studies) in Philosophy of Art at the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris (1989).
Valérie Belin received three solo exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou: in 2015, Valérie Belin, the Unquiet Images; in 2014, Valérie Belin & I COULD NEVER BE A DANCER and in 2013, MJ6, Spectacles vivants. Valérie Belin was part of the MoMa’s selection of outstanding photographs by women artists, charting the medium’s 170-year history in the show ‘Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography’ in 2010. She was again selected for ‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’ at the MoMa in 2014. A selection from her other significant SOLO exhibitions include Reflection at the Victoria & Albert Museum (UK, 2019) ; Painted Ladies at the 50th edition of les Rencontres d’Arles (France, 2019) ; Valérie Belin : Méta-Clichés (traveling exhibition in China) at Three Shadows Photography Art Center (Beijing) and at SCôP (Shanghai Center of Photography) in Shanghai and at the Chengdu Museum (China, 2017) ; O ser e o aparecer at the Casa Franca-Brasil in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil, 2011) ; Hungry Eyes at the FoMu in Antwerp (Belgium, 2011) ; Valérie Belin: Correspondances at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris (France, 2008) ; the Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne (Switzerland, 2008) ; the Maison Européenne de Photographie in Paris (France, 2008) ; and the Huis Marseille – Museum voor fotografie in Amsterdam (The Netherlands, 2007).
Works by Valérie Belin can be seen in leading private and public collections, such as in France those of the Centre Pompidou – Musée National d’Art Moderne, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Bibliothèque nationale de France and others. Outside of France, Belin’s work is in the collection at the MoMA – Museum of Modern Art (New York), the LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), he Kunsthaus Zurich (Zurich); the Musée de l’Élysée (Lausanne); Huis Marseille (Amsterdam); in Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, (Melbourne) Parkes ACT (Canberra); and the National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea (Seoul).
In 2015 Valérie Belin won the Prix Pictet and in 2017 she was honored with the Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Ministry of Culture and Communication of France.