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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.”

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