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Painted Ladies.
Photographs by Valérie Belin. Essay by Eric Reinhardt.
Editions Xavier Barral, Paris, France, 2019. In French / English. 88 pp., 28 black-and-white photographs, 9x11".

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Limited Edition of 800 Signed and Numbered copies

Portraits of eight women, each of them carrying the traces of a brush used to paint and make up. Paintbrushes and pigments evoke tribal painting. These images seem to result from initiation rites. With their absent look, each women distinguishes herself by her own pictural style: the superposition of layers gives a form of abstraction to the portrait. In an obsessive desire to appropriate reality, Valérie Belin focuses on the surface of beings to better reveal their density and enigmatic character. Developed in a series, based on a subtle play of repetitions and variations, her work carries a minimalist rigour. Through this process, the artist raises questions of identity, otherness: does the indivudal vanishes in the multiple? Belin also interrogates the founding principles of photography: does it capture reality or only the apperance of things?

This artist book is composed of different fine Japanese papers revealing along the pages these eight women. An essay specially written by French author Eric Reinhardt evokes this idea of multiple identity.


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