French, born in 1964
Valérie Belin is a French visual artist who favours photography as her mode of expression. Through this medium, the artist looks at light, matter and the bodies of objects and beings. Their transformation and representation are her playground and allow her to explore the question of visual beauty.
Valérie Belin’s work is produced in the form of a series of photographs, each one being made as part of a project. The series entitled Black Eyed Susan I, which includes two works belonging to the Pinault Collection, makes reference to 1950s codes of feminine beauty. Portraits of women take on the same status as their superimposed floral backgrounds: mere decoration.
Calendula Marigold and Phlox New Hybrid (With Dahlia Redskin) take their names from flowers. The two works by Valérie Belin were first shown by the Pinault Collection at the "The Language of Flowers" exhibition at the Gucci Museo in Florence, in 2015.