Delphine Burtin
Born in 1974, Delphine Burtin lives and works in Lausanne (Switzerland).

After studying graphic design, she worked as a designer for several years, both for advertising agencies and freelance.

In 2011, she did advanced training in photography at the Vevey School of Applied Arts (CEPV- Centre d’Enseignement Professional de Vevey). The following year, the Disparition series was presented at Photoforum PasquArt (Bienne) and Les Boutographies in Montpellier, to mention just a few.

The series Disparition, from 2012, is originated by photographing the waste the artist made in one week. The idea of exposing these things we no longer want to see, is linked in her work with the vanitas idea in 17th and 18th Century paintings. By playing with palpability's and repeatingly questioning the senses of the viewer, Delphine Burtin abstracts reality in order to question it better.

In 2013, Encouble*, her graduation series, interrogates the senses of the viewer. Can we trust what we see? By recombining paper photographs of simple everyday objects, she creates new installations which she rephotographs. This series met with immediate and wide success: it was shortlisted for PhotoBook of the Year Paris Photo, Fondation Aperture 2013, in the First PhotoBook category, won 1st Prize during the Selection exhibition at Photoforum PasquArt, and is the recipient of the Prix HSBC; the series has already been shown in Berlin, Paris, Strasbourg (Festival Oblick) and Montpellier.

Her work questions the notions of illusion and disappearance through still lifes or visual rebuses playing with the ambiguity of perception.


*encouble n.f. [Swiss] something that embarrasses, that is unwelcome, that interferes or embarrasses.
s’encoubler v. to stumble, to trip up, to strike one’s foot against something when walking or running so that one staggers or falls.

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