Barbara Probst, "Exposure #112: N.Y.C., 401 Broadway, 05.21.14, 3:04 p.m.", 2014.
Ultrachrome ink on cotton paper
4 parts: 72 x 52 cm / 28 x 20 ˝ inches each
"There may be quite a few images in my work that could be film stills but I haven't yet been tempted to make a film myself. I am more interested in still images than in moving ones. The still shows an instant frozen from the continuum of life normally hidden from our eyes. In this sense, photography is antipodal to life. Film is closer to life since it has a chronological flow and it provides a narrative. A photographic image is not narrative by nature. It is, instead, more like the appearance of an event at a certain moment, without information about what happened before and after. Only the viewer's mind brings the narrative to a photograph, reading and imagining, more or less consciously, its before and its after. In my work, I engage in these narratives in the viewer's mind. I am trying to unhinge them, to challenge their solidity by provoking the viewer to negotiate his or her way through the dilemma of several diverging narratives. I am much more interested in the analysis of narrative in photography than in its fabrication in film." Barbara Probst in conversation with Frédéric Paul, published in "Barbara Probst", Hatje Cantz Verlag 2013
Barbara Probst was born 1964 in Muinich, she lives and works in New York and Munich. In 2013/2014 she had several comprehensive solo shows in the National Museum Copenhagen, the CentrePasquArt in Biel and at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague. Furthermore her works were shown at the following group shows: "The other Portrait" at Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rovereto (2013), "Per Speculum Me Video" at Frankfurter Kunstverein (2013), "Reliable Tension, or: How to Win a Conversation About Jasper Johns" at Yale University School of Art in New Haven (2014), "Paparazzi! Photographes, stars et artistes" at Centre Pompidou in Metz (2014), "(Mis)Understanding Photography - Werke und Manifeste zur Fotografie" at Museum Folkwang in Essen (2014), "Moving Parts: Time and Motion in Contemporary Art" at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis (2014), "Eyes on the Street" at Cincinatti Art Museum (2014).