Valérie Belin is the winner of the sixth Prix Pictet photography award for her Still Life, 2014 series, which explores our obsession with cheap objects that waste raw materials.
“I’m so happy, so so happy” she says in an exclusive first interview after walking off of the podium. “I was surprised because in my mind, my work was maybe too much like a painting, with a more political dimension. It’s not what you see as a first place. I am so happy that this political dimension was recognized for the first time.”
Belin’s work also represents a grotesque kind of immortality because of its non-biodegradable nature, she says in a statement. “[It’s] an immortality that, one could say, is slowly killing the planet.”
Valérie Belin in The New York TimesNovember 13, 2015
The French photographer Valérie Belin has won the sixth Prix Pictet for photography, for her series “Still life, 2014.” The award was announced by Kofi Annan, the former secretary general of the United Nations and the honorary president of the prize, on Thursday at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, at the opening reception for an exhibition of work by the 12 finalists.
French photographer Valérie Belin, who lives and works in Paris, has won the Prix Pictet. The SFr100,000 award – presented at a ceremony in her home city – showcases “leading photographers’ contributions to the debate about the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today” and this year’s theme was Disorder.
Prix Pictet prize 2015: shortlist captures theme of disorder – in pictures View gallery Belin was a surprising winner from a strong shortlist. The art-photographer was nominated for her series Still Life 2014, in which she arranged cheap consumer items in elaborate compositions that echo classical vanitas and memento mori paintings.
“These still lifes offer a jarring commentary on the effects of our obsession with cheap objects,” she said, “for not only is their material – plastic – emblematic of the wasteful use of raw materials, but it also represents a grotesque kind of immortality because of its non-biodegradable nature. That immortality, one could say, is slowly killing the planet.”
Valérie Belin has won the sixth Prix Pictet photography prize, selected from a shortlist of twelve photographers. She is being recognized for “Still life,” 2014, which she describes as “a jarring commentary on the effects of our obsession with cheap objects, for not only is their material, plastic, emblematic of the wasteful use of raw materials, but it also represents a grotesque kind of immortality because of its non-biodegradable nature—an immortality that, one could say, is slowly killing the planet.” Belin has had a solo show at the Pompidou and lives and works in Paris, France.
Valérie Belin shortlisted for sixth Prix PictetJuly 14, 2015
The full shortlist is as follows; Ilit Azoulay (Israel), Valérie Belin (France), Matthew Brandt (USA), Maxim Dondyuk (Ukraine), Alixandra Fazzina (UK), Ori Gersht (Israel), John Gossage (USA), Pieter Hugo (South Africa), Gideon Mendel (South Africa), Sophie Ristelhueber (France), Brent Stirton (South Africa) and Yang Yongliang (China).
The winner of the sixth Prix Pictet award will be announced by Kofi Annan at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris on Thursday 12 November 2015.
For more on the sixth Prix Pictet, please visit Prix Pictet
Valérie Belin in The Mayfair Magazine, Mandarin Edition
Valérie Belin's work displayed in 21c Museum HotelJanuary 10, 2014
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