Women Imagery, FLATLAND Gallery, Amsterdam
09.17.22 to 10.29.22
First solo show of Valérie Belin in FLATLAND gallery with the very latest work never shown in the Netherlands.
Valérie Belin is one of France's most prestigious photographers today. Her first solo show at FLATLAND, Women Imagery, will include her most recent work Modern Royals alongside a selection from her earlier monumental series.
Through the medium of photography, Belin investigates what cultural processes are at work behind representations or images. In this way, she reduces portraits and still lifes to the essentials. The monumental format in which she prints her photographs contributes to this. Phillip Prodger sees in her latest work simultaneously "a portrait and a still life"; a deep dive into the psychology of a 'semi-anonymous' woman and a reflection on our society characterized by the overconsumption of images.
Other works in Women Imagery come from her series China Girls (2018), All Star (2016), Mannequins (2003), Black Women II (2006) and Bouquets (2008); works that have been described by Clément Chéroux (chief curator of photography at MoMA, New York) as "the uncanny at work...that which disturbs”.
On Sept. 17, Valérie Belin gave a talk at the gallery.