Lausanne, Switzerland-based artist Delphine Burtin studied at the School of Applied Arts in Vevey, Switzerland, receiving her degree in graphic design. Her practice combines studio shootings with daylight photographs, which the artist cuts up and re-photographs, resulting in visual impressions that cause viewers to question their perception of reality. With each image, viewers must ask themselves if what they see is real or artificial, manipulated or unmediated, which ultimately leads them to question whether reality can be perceived on its own terms, or if in fact all experience is subjective.
As Burtin says, “I like thinking I’ve seen something that in reality is completely different. I like it when our brain plays tricks on us and creates a trompe-l’oeil, making us see and believe something that is not, in fact, there.”
The series Disparition was shown at the festival Boutographies in Montpellier, France. Encouble won the first prize at Photo Forum PasquArt, Bienne, Switzerland. Encouble was also produced as a book by Aperture, which was nominated for the First Photobook prize at the 2013 Paris Photo Fair. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Prix HSBC pour la Photographie.