Au Delà du Réel, February 5 – March 23 2010, Galerie Jérôme-de-Noirmont, Paris.
Au Delà du Réel is a group show organised around new or recent works by Valérie Belin, George Condo, Fabrice Hyber, David Mach, Bettina Rheims whose artistic work transfigures or transcends reality and takes us far beyond the world around us… Whether they work in photography, painting or sculpture, each of these artists gives us a specific vision of the real world and his or her pictorial “feeling” for reality through creative work which does, nevertheless, distance itself from any intrinsic realism.
By using new imaging technologies to move gradually away from the indicial nature of photography, Valérie BELIN’s latest series lays the emphasis on a far freer treatment of the subject. In previous portraits such as the Mannequins (Models I, 2003) and the Modèles (Models II, 2006), the spectator was encouraged to question the reality – whether genuine or false – of the photographed subjects. Now they appear to emerge from the virtual world, with a portrayal which appears at the same time both purely artificial and quite real…
By alluding to beauty queens who are rewarded for their physical superiority and who dream of embodying the perfect image, the new Têtes Couronnées portraits (Crowned Heads, 2009), made by overlaying several shots of the same model, are thus an extension of the artist’s photographic investigations around self-portrayal.
Exhibiting this new image alongside older ones will help to show this development in the portrayal of the subject.