Delphine Burtin : Encouble

Swiss photographer Delphine Burtin plays with our perception in her series "Encouble". Unbelievable still lifes take us into a surreal universe, crossed by daydreams and illusions.

Delphine Burtin produced her series “Encouble” as part of her diploma in photography at the École Supérieure d'Arts Appliqués de Vevey (Switzerland) in 2013, and quickly stood out. His book Encouble, designed from the eponymous series and published in a limited edition, was selected for the Prix du Livre de Paris Photo 2013, in the “First Book” category. The photographer also won the Photoforum PasquArt Prize in 2013, then the HSBC Prize in 2014. The series was then exhibited in several cities, notably in Berlin, Paris and New York.


The title refers to a Swiss term "encouble", which designates an obstacle, a hindrance, something that bothers. In her still lifes, Delphine Burtin transforms the real and experiences the possibilities of the medium in order to lose the spectators: “I like it when you imagine seeing something and that in reality it is something else. I like it when our brain plays tricks on us and acts like a sham, making us see and believe what is not. ”she explains.

By associating images photographed in the studio or outdoors with cutouts and photographs of prints, the artist moves away from reality to better interpret it. In the most poetic shots of the series, what is hidden is seen better. The matter seems indeed more present when it is captured between duplicity and unveiling: “Seeking to dialogue with what we show and what we hide, I stretch out distorting mirrors that would reveal a part of us that exists without being the total truth. All of this becomes an invitation to metaphorically explore our relationships with the world and with the other. "

Halfway between abstraction and figuration, the hypnotizing images of Delphine Burtin upset our perception.

To learn more, visit Delphine Burtin's website

Photographs: Photoforum Pasquart Bienne (CH), 2013 / Delphine Burtin, Encouble, artist's book, self-edition, limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies, 2013 © Delphine Burtin


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