Valérie Belin - Reflection

Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, 2020
After China Girls in 2018 in Brussels, Galerie Nathalie Obadia is very pleased to present the fourth exhibition of the artist Valérie Belin, acclaimed as one of the most important photographers of her generation who benefits from a strong international visibility. Revealed here to the public, the artist's new series, entitled Reflection and consisting of eleven black and white images, was produced as part of her solo exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (October 22, 2019 - August 31, 2020). On the occasion of this exhibition, several works from this series joined the collection of this prestigious institution. Valérie Belin has worked on superimposing various previously unpublished photographs of shop windows and storefronts in Manhattan and other cities in New York state. She thus revisits a recurring theme in her work since the 1990s. The exceptional photographic collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum has been a resource for the artist, whether it be photographs created by the Worsinger Window Service (or Worsinger Photo) - a New York firm that specialized in documenting shop windows and interiors - or Robert Brownjohn's Street Level series focused on photographs of signs and typographies. The artist also refers to the work of Eugène Atget and of Walker Evans, the photographer par excellence of vernacular American culture, or even the photographs of Lee Friedlander.