The idea that our subjectivity is based on perception is the central theme of Barbara Probst's photographic work. Using a remote-controlled release system, Probst simultaneously triggers the shutters of multiple cameras pointed at the same scene, positioned at various viewpoints. As a pair or a cluster of images, the Exposures, as they are named and numbered, underscore our own susceptibility to the distorted truths that permeate contemporary culture across the board. Writes notable art historian Richard Hobbs, Probst reminds us of "the extraordinary opportunity a split second offers for potentially becoming different, thereby demonstrating how even life's all-too-brief moments can be productively rethought and redirected."
Barbara Probst was born in Munich, Germany, and studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich, and the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. She has exhibited widely in Europe and the US, including New Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Noteworthy solo exhibitions include the CentrePasquArt, Biel, Switzerland; Domaine de Kerguehennec, Bignan, France; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen; Stills Gallery Edinburgh; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin; Oldenburger Kunstverein, Germany; Le Bal, Paris, the Rudolfinum in Prague; Kunsthalle Nürnberg and the Triennale in Milan.
Her work is represented in numerous public collections, including Folkwang Museum, Essen; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Städtische Galerie, Lenbachhaus, Munich; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; National
Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Several monographs of her work were published by Steidl, Hatje Cantz, Hartmann Books, and Editions Xavier Barral.
Barbara Probst lives and works in New York and Munich.