Debora Barnaba is an artist and photographer, born in Milan in 1985. After studying drawing and painting, she discovered photography, which became her main expression in 2006. Her background can be seen in the detailed, formal construction of her shots and in her effort to aestheticize an idea, “tracing” it in the space of a single click. Debora Barnaba's expression of her own interior toughts is characterised by a stark simplicity of style and, combined with the expressive power of her self-portraits, recalls the work of Francesca Woodman and the desire to transcend her subjectivity offering an absolute body, in which the viewer is identified. She has worked with some of the leading names including Maurizio Montagna, Roger Weiss, Giovanni Gastel and Oliviero Toscani, with whom, in 2009, she collaborated on a project about Florence that was later published in a catalogue entitled “Santo Spirito”. In 2010, one of the leading industry magazines, Il Fotografo, made its cover story about her. In 2011, she produced her first book, “Visioni del vuoto: Varese” (Arterigere Edizioni, 2011), which included critical texts by Riccardo Crespi, Riccardo Manzotti and Sandro Iovine, and provided an original portrayal of the Garden City. In 2012, she extended her exploration into the world of video and worked with the painter Silvio Pasotti on projects about the body. She has taken part in several collective exhibitions, including “Il paesaggio contemporaneo” (Deodato Arte, Milan, 2012) and “Nonsolocorpisoli” (I Macelli, Florence, 2012). In 2013, she had her first personal exhibition “Debora Barnaba: Untitled show” at Theca Gallery in Lugano (Switzerland). She also works as a fashion photographer and has her work published in magazines across the world, including L'Officiel, Cosmopolitan, OOB.
Solo exhibitions Debora Barnaba:
Untitled Show, Theca Gallery, Lugano, Swiss, september 2013
Selected group exhibitions Carte esposte, curated by Annalisa Fanti, Theca Gallery, Milan, Italy, july 2017 Biennale di Genova, Palazzo Stella, Genova, Italy, june 2017 Nude, Cortina Gallery, Milan, Italy, may 2017 Kunst lives matter, Marzia Frozen Gallery, Berlin, Germany, march 2017 White light/White heat, Theca Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland, february 2014 Corpo a corpo, Hangart, Pavia, Italy, 2013 Il paesaggio contemporaneo, Deodato Arte, Milan, Italy, 2012 Nonsolocorpisoli, I Macelli, Florence, Italy, 2012 Circuiti dinamici, Circolo culturale Bertolt Brecht, Milan, Italy, 2011 Locus animae, Palazzo del Turismo, Jesolo, Italy, 2010 Artparty, Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Castello di Masnago, Varese, Italy, 2010 Cristalli di Rocca, curated by Carolina Lio, Rocca Grimalda, Italy, 2008 Body-il corpo umano nell’arte contemporanea, Spazio Expo Culturali GB Design, Florence, Italy,
Prizes Winner of the critique prize, Genova Biennale, 2017 Mention by the jury, The Independent Photographer award, 2017 Third classified with Annalisa Mazzoli, Premio Serbelloni, 2014 Finalist at Premio Giovani Artisti Borgomanero, III edition, 2012 Third classified, Premio Ghiggini Arte Giovani XI edition, 2012 Special mention by the jury, Giovani Artisti Borgomanero, II edizione, 2011 Bibliography
Books and catalogues AAVV., Biennale di Genova, cat. Exhibition, AGF Edizioni, 2017 AAVV., Regione Lombardia: four seasons of beauty, Regione Lombardia, 2017 BONOMI Giorgio, Il corpo solitario vol.2, Rubettino Editore, 2017 AAVV., Expo Tales, Regione Lombardia, 2015 BARNABA Debora, Mondrian: Arte come percezione della forma invisibile, Edizioni Accademiche Italiane, 2015 AAVV., Pasottiade, Silvio Pasotti dal 1933, Skira Ed, 2015 BARNABA Debora, White catalogue, White Milano, jan. 2015 AAVV., La Varese che vorrei, 80 contributors, Associazione Parentesi and Lions Club Varese Host Ed, 2014 AAVV., 12 Riflessi, cat. exhibition, Francesco Brioschi Ed, 2014 AAVV., Premio giovani artisti, cat. exhibition, Italgrafica Ed, 2012 AAVV., Ghiggini arte, cat. Exhibition, 2012 BARNABA Debora, Visioni del vuoto: Varese, Arterigere Ed, 2011 AAVV., Premio giovani artisti, cat. exhibition, Italgrafica Ed, 2011 IOVINE Sandro, Il Fotografo, Kissing me, magazine, Sprea Ed, 2010 AAVV., Locus animae, rassegna d'arte contemporanea quinto episodio, cat. exhibition, Nextitalia, 2010 AAVV., Artparty, sferica, cat. exhibition, Quir Ed, 2010 AAVV., Circuiti dinamici, cat. exhibition, Seriart Ed, 2010 AAVV., Ghiggini arte, cat. Exhibition, 2010 TOSCANI Oliviero e ALTRI, Santo Spirito, La Sterpaia Ed, 2009 AAVV., Cristalli di Rocca, cat. exhibition, 2008
(self portrait) 2012,