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).

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

The series Disparition (2012) originated by photographing the waste the artist made in one week. The idea of exposing 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 and repeatedly questioning the senses of the viewer, Delphine Burtin abstracts reality in order to question it better. The series was presented at among others Photoforum PasquArt (Bienne, Fr) and Les Boutographies in Montpellier (Fr).

Encouble*, Burtin’s graduation series from 2013, 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: in 2013 it was shortlisted for the Paris - Photo Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards (in the First PhotoBook category), it won the 1st Prize during the exhibition Selection at Photoforum PasquArt, and was laureate of the Prix HSBC 2014. The series has already been shown in Berlin, Paris, Strasbourg (Festival Oblick), Montpellier and different cities in France, Belgium and in New York.

Her series Sans Condition Initiale was part of the exhibition ReGeneration3 - Quelles perspectives pour la photographie?, an international project dedicated to the emerging photographic scene presented by the Musée de L’Elysée of Lausanne (Suisse) in 2015.

*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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