Valérie Belin’s Paris Lido revue dancer embodies the artificial aspect of dance. In this small, six-part series, two photographs show the affected pose, the smile and the costume that subordinate style to the photographic image: superficiality is presented as true nature. Stripped of character and color, the dancer seems to have been reduced to a morphological exercise. This homogeneity dominates the photograph and invites a new interpretation of what it is to be human. There is a peculiar despondency in the imprisonment that the generalization of people and images brings. For Valérie Belin the dancer stands for an allegory of dreams.
December 13, 2014 / March 8, 2015
Huis Marseille, Museum voor Photografie
1016 EK Amsterdam