Modern Royals

Modern Royals

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Modern Royals, 2022

Pigment print
68.1 x 51.2 inches
Edition of 6 + 2 AP

Pigment print
68.1 x 51.2 inches
Edition of 6 + 2 AP

This new corpus comprises eleven portraits of women, fictional characters who are nevertheless designated by their first names, posing seated on a sofa. The title of this series suggests that the figures might be celebrities or "wordly women," meant as illustrations for a romance novel. Each portrait represents a different personality, played in the studio by the same female model, whose looks vary from one picture to the next, depending on her appearance (dress, hairdo, jewelry worn in a conspicuous way), and also on her pose and attitude. Paradoxically, this imbues the portraits with a mixed impression of strange singularity and similarity.

 

To borrow Phillip Prodger's writing on Valérie Belin's work, we could say that each of these photographs is 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. Her work's undeniably feminist commentary also conveys a more universal message in the form of questioning: What place do we give identity in our consumerist culture? How are we, as individuals, accomplices to our own failure to find authenticity in the life we lead?".

  • Portrait of Shelby

    Portrait of Shelby

    Pigment print
    68.1 x 51.2 inches
    Edition of 6 + 2 AP

  • Portrait of Gaby

    Portrait of Gaby

    Pigment print
    68.1 x 51.2 inches
    Edition of 6 + 2 AP

  • Portrait of Kathlyn

    Portrait of Kathlyn

    Pigment print
    68.1 x 51.2 inches
    Edition of 6 + 2 AP

  • Portrait of Lauren

    Portrait of Lauren

    Pigment print
    68.1 x 51.2 inches
    Edition of 6 + 2 AP

  • Portrait of Rose

    Portrait of Rose

    Pigment print
    68.1 x 51.2 inches
    Edition of 6 + 2 AP

  • Portrait of June

    Portrait of June

    Pigment print
    68.1 x 51.2 inches
    Edition of 6 + 2 AP

  • Portrait of Ava

    Portrait of Ava

    Pigment print
    68.1 x 51.2 inches
    Edition of 6 + 2 AP

  • Portrait of Ashley

    Portrait of Ashley

    Pigment print
    68.1 x 51.2 inches
    Edition of 6 + 2 AP

  • Portrait of Scarlett

    Portrait of Scarlett

    Pigment print
    68.1 x 51.2 inches
    Edition of 6 + 2 AP

  • Portrait of Ellen

    Portrait of Ellen

    Pigment print
    68.1 x 51.2 inches
    Edition of 6 + 2 AP

  • Portrait of Joyce

    Portrait of Joyce

    Pigment print
    68.1 x 51.2 inches
    Edition of 6 + 2 AP

  • Portrait of Shelby
  • Portrait of Gaby
  • Portrait of Kathlyn
  • Portrait of Lauren
  • Portrait of Rose
  • Portrait of June
  • Portrait of Ava
  • Portrait of Ashley
  • Portrait of Scarlett
  • Portrait of Ellen
  • Portrait of Joyce

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