Barbara Visser

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Chair of Society of Arts


Barbara Visser’s (born in 1966) photographs, videos and installations disrupt our patterns of expectations. She depicts alienation from reality and the alienating nature of reality in her own unique manner and with immense visual conviction. She first attracted attention with The World Belongs to Early Risers (2002), a series of photographs of a man sunbathing on the seashore while, a short distance away, photographers are snapping photos of a refugee who has washed up on the beach.

Differing realities, originals and copies are recurring themes in Visser’s oeuvre. Her work has been purchased by the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum for Modern Art in Arnhem, the Municipal Museum of The Hague, the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem and the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam. Barbara Visser has received the David Röell Prijs (2007) and Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art (2008), among other awards.