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Nathalie Boutté

Born in 1967 in Senlis, France.
Lives and works in Montreuil.


Born in 1967 in Senlis, France.
Lives and works in Montreuil.


Nathalie Boutté came to contemporary art rather late. Although as a child she was fascinated by the great painters, the art world seemed distant to her. Her family was not interested in art, so she did not go to museums and galleries. However, in her teenage years, Nathalie Boutté's curiosity led her to successive interests; she tried different courses and activities, which did not prevent her from developing a passion for photography that she learned in a self-taught way.

After leaving school, she did several professional internships. This is how she learns the job of layout artist in an advertising agency, then, in a press agency, the photoengraving. The director introduced her to the minutiae of the profession, as well as to national museums and the images of other artists that she had to learn to see: "Once, she [the director] had hung handwritten letters on the wall, offering a book to whoever could guess their author; they were letters from Vincent to Theo Van Gogh. This woman loved art and took the time to show it to the young and novice students that we were. It was people like that who educated me.

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His artistic approach is initiated by his encounter with photography: daguerreotypes, autochromes, the first printing media of the photographic image. The artist applies himself to recreate the portraits by meticulously assembling the strips of paper one by one. The world of publishing and graphic design where she entered by chance brought her the technique; these twenty years of experience and personal research have developed in her creations a poetry of the metamorphosed image. Nathalie Boutté creates volume pieces by giving a second life to road maps, novels, blank or printed paper, tracing paper, banknotes that she cuts into strips of paper: "I have never abandoned this contact with paper. It is by far my favorite material to work with. Up close, the eye is lost in a tangle of letters. The reconstituted image is revealed as one moves away from it and the eye becomes accustomed to the collages.

In his works, the artist calls upon historical photographers, Edward Curtis, Malick Sidibé or Seydou Keïta... and is interested in photography as a marker of memory. The relationship between the past and the art of Nathalie Boutté is complex. In the manner of ancient photographers, she is not only an artist who makes images, she selects traces, fragments of these anonymous characters who carry within them a collective history. These portraits reflect the resilience of the African American community and their unity in the struggle against racial oppression. This collection of photographs is sentimentally important to the families. It is equally important for its historical nature, its value as an archive of a region. Nathalie Boutté leads us to take a fresh look at these foundations of identity.

Find out Nathalie Boutté's portrait by CHOICES, 2017

Follow the artist creating an artwork, program L'Atelier A, Arte channel, 2015

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Nathalie Boutté


1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair: the female gaze

Financial Times

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By Charlotte Jansen

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02.05.2018
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Nathalie Boutté


Les sculpteurs de papier prennent leur envol

Beaux-Arts

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By Joséphine Bindé

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26.02.2018
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Nathalie Boutté


Marché, Conseils d'achat : 3 figures de la photographie en 3D

Beaux-Arts Magazine
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01.01.2018
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Nathalie Boutté,

Omar Victor Diop,

Kiripi Katembo,

Phumzile Khanyile


Paris Photo fait le plein d'acheteurs

Le Quotidien de l'art

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By Armelle Malvoisin

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14.11.2017
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Nathalie Boutté,

Omar Victor Diop,

Seydou Keïta,

Malick Sidibé


Paris Photo 2017

Blog Delphine à Paris
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12.11.2017
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Nathalie Boutté


Quatre oeuvres abordables dénichées par nos experts à Paris Photo

Challenges

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By Eric Treguier

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10.11.2017
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13 Ways of Looking at an Artwork This Season

Introspective Magazine

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By Meredith Mendelsohn

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25.09.2017
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Crossing-over

Nathalie Boutté


Crossing-over

Wall Street International Art
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12.09.2017

Nathalie Boutté


Nathalie Boutté at Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Blouin Art Info
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27.08.2017
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Nathalie Boutté


Eleven Must-See Art Exhibitions in the US this September

Blouin Art Info

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By Nicholas Forrest

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24.08.2017
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Nathalie Boutté


Carte blanche à Pauline Tonglet à la galerie du Beffroi

Confluent

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By Louis Richardeau

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10.03.2017
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Nathalie Boutté


Thousands of Paper Strips Delicately Placed to Create Stunning Portraits

Strictly Paper
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15.12.2016
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NATHALIE BOUTTÉ - Part 3/3 - Time & Work

We are choices
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12.12.2016
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Nathalie Boutté


NATHALIE BOUTTÉ - Part 2/3 - Freedom & the Scope of Possibilities

We are Choices
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09.12.2016
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Nathalie Boutté


NATHALIE BOUTTÉ - Part 1/3 - 100% Self Taught

We Are Choices
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07.12.2016
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Nathalie Boutté,

Omar Victor Diop,

Seydou Keïta,

Malick Sidibé


La scène africaine va investir le Parc de la Villette

Le Figaro Culture

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By Béatrice De Rochebouet

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17.11.2016
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Nathalie Boutté


"I am not at Frieze. I am here at 1:54"

Griot

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By Janine Gaelle

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07.10.2016
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Nathalie Boutté


1:54 Contemporary African Art fair's 2nd New York Edition

The Stylish Flâneuse

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By Priscilla Torres

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18.05.2016
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Nathalie Boutté


Nathalie Boutté

Africanah
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19.04.2016
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Nathalie Boutté


Armory Week 2016

Studio International

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By Jill Spalding

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09.03.2016
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Nathalie Boutté


L'Objet photographie - Paris Photo 2015

FreeLens

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By Hélène Jayet

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24.12.2015
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Nathalie Boutté


The 10 Best New Photo Exhibits: Winter 2015

Amrican Photo

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By Lindsay Comstock

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16.12.2015
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Nathalie Boutté


1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

The New-York Times

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By Joshua Barone

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15.05.2015
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Un artiste peut-il émerger après 40 ans ?

Le Monde

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By Marie Zawisza

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14.05.2015
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Nathalie Boutté

Vivre Côté Paris

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N°38 April-May 2015, p.42-46.

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01.04.2015
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