Valérie Belin (b 1964, Boulogne-Billancourt, France) lives and works in Paris. She trained at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Bourges from 1983 to 1988, and then went on to study the philosophy of art at the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, where she was awarded at Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in 1989.
Valerie Belin has exhibited extensively both domestically and abroad, and in 2015 the artist was the subject of a solo exhibition at Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art modern, Paris, France. A major touring retrospective was organized in 2008 at the Huis Marseilles, Museum of Photography, Amsterdam; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; and the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne.
Her work has also been featured in group exhibitions worldwide, including at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and San Francisco. Belin is the subject of numerous monographs, including the volume that accompanied her retrospective tour, published by Steidl in 2008, and Valérie Belin The unquiet images, with an essay by Larisa Dryansky and an interview with Roxana Marcoci, published by Centre Pompidou, in 2015.
Amongst the collections that have acquired her work are the Musée d’art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Kunsthaus Zürich, Los Angeles County Museum, Museum of Modern Art, New York, The National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea in Seoul and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
She was awarded of the 6th Prix Pictet in 2015 with her series Still Life (2014) which is touring in the show Disorder in 2015 and 2016 all over the world.
The jury for the Prix Pictet are a group of leading experts in the visual arts from around the world including directors of major museums and galleries as well as journalists and critics. They lead the global search for images of high artistic qcuality and narrative power and fit the theme of a particular cycle.
Sir David King (Chairman)
UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change (SRCC)
Senior Curator of Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Photographer and Laureate of Prix Pictet Disorder
Former Managing Partner, Pictet Group
Arts Editor, Financial Times
Emmanuelle de l’Écotais
Curator of Photography, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Economist and Author