16 January - 14 February, 2010
Lars Bohman Gallery
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January 16 - February 14, 2010

Lars Bohman Gallery is pleased to present its first exhibition with German artist Barbara Probst. The exhibition consists of a series of Probst's enigmatic photographs Exposures.

Every work is made up of several images, showing the same event at the same time, but from different angles. Several cameras have been used from different directions and distances to capture a movement, an event or a scene, at the very same second. Like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, the viewer inevitable seeks to get the images into place by finding the relation in between them. Some works run over several walls, thus encompassing the viewer who consequently becomes a part of the scene.

Photography has long been entrusted with attributes of realism and truth. Cartier-Bresson spoke about the decisive moment and photojournalism functions on the idea of the photographic image as a carrier of an objective truth. Probst turns this notion upside down. She uses models to act, she meticulously stages the sets and every camera angle has been carefully determined before the camera shutters are closed. By breaking down the moment into several images, Probst points with a genius mode to questions regarding photographic conventions and their interpretations. Can one image expose the reality? If so, how can reality look so different by just shifting the perspective of the camera ever so little? In a wider perspective Probst's photographs call on the viewer to enact critical thinking and viewing, and they do so with a finely tuned mix of seriousness and humour. Her images question the role of the viewer and the influence of the different interpretations that arise in confronting photographic images. The artist invites us to an enigmatic journey with several entries and just as many exists.

In the series Exposures, Probst also conveys how realistic photography can touch on the border of abstraction. Her often large-scale formats turns into poetic and dream-like images where the narrative element is eliminated and where the sensation of the scene becomes the imprint the works exude.

Barbara Probst was born in 1964 in Munich, Germany. She lives and works in New York and Munich. She has had numerous solo shows around the world, the more recent include Kunstverein Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA; FRAC Brittany, Domaine de Kerguehennec, Bignan, France; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI, USA. During the summer of 2010 Probst will participate in the exhibition Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera, at the Tate Modern in London, UK. In 2007 Steidl produced an extensive monograph of her work, Barbara Probst: Exposures. The book is available at the gallery.

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