Petra Barth has focused her art on memory, relating to human, social and environmental issues in rural communities worldwide which is influenced by her own upbringing.
She is often working with groups such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development and the Human Rights Center at Duke University.
Her project on deported migrants, The Backpackers / Los Mochileros was shown at the 2017 Venice Biennale and My Original Face was shown there in 2019.
Publisher: Schilt Publishing (2021)
Image credits: Petra Barth / Schilt Publishing.
By The Way
Balthazar – Linger On from the album Sand (PIAS, 2021). Link. Video directed by Heleen Declercq in collaboration with HolyShit (Landvogel Original).
The Anderswo project started in 2004 with a trip to Nicaragua, followed by extended visits to South America, and continued through the rest of the world. What began as an intuitive process of exploring foreign countries and listening to the stories of the people living there, turned into a personal and deeply emotional experience – a photographer’s journey to learning more about herself.
By picking rural communities in countries that had a postwar or conflict history, Petra innately reminded herself of the place she grew up in. The stories she collected resembled the ones told by her grandparents. These similarities were not bound to any specific locations; on the contrary, as Petra eventually concluded, the locations didn’t matter at all. So when the time came to construct Anderswo, it was decided to divide the narrative into three “metaphorical” sections – Memory, Stories and Dreams – each representing a stage of her life. This book is a connector between Barth’s documentary work and emotions.
Book Specs: Publisher: Schilt Publishing | Design: Henk van Assen, HvA Design, Brooklyn | ISBN 9789053309469 | Format: 23.5 x 24.2 cm. portrait | Hardback with Swiss binding | 160 Pages with approx. 70 photos in duotone | € 50.00. Available here.