My work is about seeing and observing, about our perception—about how we see the world and how differently we perceive, explains Barbara Probst.
Human vision can only take in one perspective, one position, or one viewpoint at a time, and ultimately only captures a single image framing. Everything else happening around us remains hidden to us. With the Exposures we leave this constricted perspective behind, thus expanding our way of seeing. With her approach to photography, Barbara Probst calls into question not only how we view the world but also photography’s supposed claim to depict reality and how we relate to it.
The most recent still lifes, shown for the first time in this exhibition, are intricately staged. The individual cameras are positioned precisely and the framing of the images is calculated. The question is, in what context the moment of exposure is embedded. A breakfast scene, an accident or a violant act? What happened before and after the moment of exposure. As with all her Exposures, it is up to the viewer to discover these connections, also in the works # 138, # 139, # 140 presented here.
Barbara Probst was born in Munich in 1964 and lives in New York and Munich. Her work has been shown internationally in numerous major exhibitions. In 2018 she took part in the Triennial of Photography Hamburg and the Photo Biennale in Beijing, her work was on view at the Darmstädter Tage der Photographie, and she had a solo presentation at Galerie Kuckei + Kuckei at Paris Photo and Art Unlimited Basel. We are especially looking forward to her survey show at LE BAL in Paris opening in May 2019. In addition, her Exposures will be on view this year at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich and as part of the DZ Bank art collection in Frankfurt. Her works are represented in many international collections, including the Whitney Museum of Art, MoMA, Centre Pompidou, LACMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Pinakothek der Moderne, Lenbachhaus Munich, or Museum Folkwang.