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documentation céline duval, Les Allumeuses, 1998–2010, Telephones, 2011, still from a color video, 5 minutes 50 seconds.

documentation céline duval

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documentation céline duval, Les Allumeuses, 1998–2010, Telephones, 2011, still from a color video, 5 minutes 50 seconds.

The artist Céline Duval, who chooses to be known as documentation céline duval (all lowercase), has steadily built up a huge stock of photographs and classified them according to personal impulse. She is best known for her appropriation of amateur photographs, notably from family albums. Regrouping pictures on the basis of recurrences in pose, subject, or composition, she reproduces them in artist’s books or blows them up for digital slide shows and as prints. Staging new focal points within the photographs, dcd effectively disorganizes the memories crafted by the albums. Her frequent choice of jovial pictures, however, makes it hard not to think that she is primarily creating monuments to the golden days of photography, when, for example, friends and family would willingly pose in acrobatic formation.

Her series “Les Allumeuses, 1998–2010” (The Teases, or The Igniters; all works

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