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Delphine Burtin


Delphine Burtin chose to call her exhibition Encouble, a Swiss term meaning, “something that embarrasses, that is unwelcome, that interferes.” Sure, she’s being provocative, but she can afford to be: she’s very talented. Originally, Burtin was interested in graphic arts and communication. Then she got bored, turned to photography and enrolled at the École de Vevey. After graduation, she won prize after prize, award after award, the latest of which is the Prix HSBC. Her explanation for her success is simply that she was in the right place at the right time. She speaks about her love of Rodchenko, Bauhaus and Dada. François Cheval makes an excellent point in the book published to coincide with the award: “Certain images do not last. That’s the case for the majority of contemporary photography, doomed to oblivion after barely being seen. What sets Encouble apart relates to this paradox: the work is simultaneously permanent and useless.”

Winners Prix HSBC pour la Photographie 2014
Delphine Burtin & Akiko Takizawa
From June 20th to July 12th, 2014
Galerie Seine 51
 51, rue de Seine
75006 Paris

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