The Uncertain Beauty of the World New

The Uncertain Beauty of the World

This monograph offers to discover French photographer Valérie Belin’s body of work, through over thirty series, from the 1990s to the present day. Exploding the chronological order, a game of correspondences takes place between the color and B&W series of the artist, responding to each other, evolving and questioning our relationship to beauty, artifice and the impermanence of things. From the shooting to the retouching work, the photographer creates by successive touches and layers, like a painter playing on the ambivalence between the living and the artificial. The people represented, whether they are models, transsexuals, clown figures or Michael Jackson look-alikes, are, for the most part, in a transitional state towards “the desire to transform themselves into images”, says Valérie Belin, while her objects, such as vintage cars or others that have been involved in accidents, her engines or vintage dresses, seem to be animated, sublimated by the lens. The resulting images have a strong aesthetic and evocative power that embody both “the drama and beauty of the world,” as Sebastien Gokalp points out in his text. The book accompanies the retrospective of the artist presented at the Museum of Fine Arts in Tourcoing, the MUba Eugene Leroy, from March 17 through August 27, 2023.


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Bilingual: English and French

Hardcover, 21 x 28 cm
192 pages, 106 B&W and colour photographs


Sébastien Gokalp, Director of the Musée national de l’immigration, Paris

Mélanie Lerat, Director of the MUba Eugène Leroy, Tourcoing


Copublished with the MUba, Tourcoing


Valérie Belin. L’incertaine beauté du monde.

MUba Eugène Leroy, Tourcoing

From March 17 to August 27, 2023

ISBN : 978-2-36511-358-8

39,00 €

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