Debora Barnaba is an artist and photographer, born in Milan in 1985.
After studying drawing and painting, she discovered photography, which became her main expression in 2006. Her background can be seen in the detailed, formal construction of her shots and in her effort to aestheticize an idea, “tracing” it in the space of a single click. Debora Barnaba's expression of her own interior toughts is characterised by a stark simplicity of style and, combined with the expressive power of her self-portraits, recalls the work of Francesca Woodman and the desire to transcend her subjectivity offering an absolute body, in which the viewer is identified.
She has worked with some of the leading names in this sector, including Maurizio Montagna, Roger Weiss, Giovanni Gastel and Oliviero Toscani, with whom, in 2009, she collaborated on a project about Florence that was later published in a catalogue entitled “Santo Spirito”.
In 2010, one of the leading industry magazines, Il Fotografo, made its cover story about her.
In 2011, she produced her first book, “Visioni del vuoto: Varese” (Arterigere Edizioni, 2011), which included critical texts by Riccardo Crespi, Riccardo Manzotti and Sandro Iovine, and provided an original portrayal of the garden city.
In 2012, she extended her exploration into the world of video and worked with the painter Silvio Pasotti on various new projects about the body.
She has, since her early days, taken part in several collective exhibitions, including “Il paesaggio contemporaneo” (Deodato Arte, Milan, 2012) and “Nonsolocorpisoli” (I Macelli, Florence, 2012).
In 2013, she had her first personal exhibition “Debora Barnaba: Untitled show” at Theca Gallery in Lugano (Switzerland).
From 2017 her interpretation of the Cenacolo Vinciano is permanently exposed in the Cenacolo Museum in Milan.
She also works as a fashion photographer and has had her work published in magazines across the world, including L'Officiel, Cosmopolitan, OOB.
Debora Barnaba: Untitled Show, Theca Gallery, Lugano, Swiss, september 2013
Selected group exhibitions
Carte esposte, curated by Annalisa Fanti, Theca Gallery, Milan, Italy, july 2017
Biennale di Genova, Palazzo Stella, Genova, Italy, june 2017
Nude, Cortina Gallery, Milan, Italy, may 2017
Kunst lives matter, Marzia Frozen Gallery, Berlin, Germany, march 2017
White light/White heat, Theca Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland, february 2014
Corpo a corpo, Hangart, Pavia, Italy, 2013
Il paesaggio contemporaneo, Deodato Arte, Milan, Italy, 2012
Nonsolocorpisoli, I Macelli, Florence, Italy, 2012
Circuiti dinamici, Circolo culturale Bertolt Brecht, Milan, Italy, 2011
Locus animae, Palazzo del Turismo, Jesolo, Italy, 2010
Artparty, Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Castello di Masnago, Varese, Italy, 2010
Cristalli di Rocca, curated by Carolina Lio, Rocca Grimalda, Italy, 2008
Body-il corpo umano nell’arte contemporanea, Spazio Expo Culturali GB Design, Florence, Italy, 2007
Winner of the critique prize, Genova Biennale, 2017
Mention by the jury, The Independent Photographer award, 2017
Third classified with Annalisa Mazzoli, Serbelloni Prize, 2014
Finalist at Premio Giovani Artisti Borgomanero, III edition, 2012
Third classified, Premio Ghiggini Arte Giovani XI edition, 2012
Special mention by the jury, Giovani Artisti Borgomanero, II edition, 2011
Selected bibliography - Books and Exhibitions catalogues
AAVV., Biennale di Genova, cat. Exhibition, AGF Edizioni, 2017
AAVV., Regione Lombardia: four seasons of beauty, Regione Lombardia, 2017
BONOMI Giorgio, Il corpo solitario vol.2, Rubettino Editore, 2017
AAVV., Expo Tales, Regione Lombardia, 2015
BARNABA Debora, Mondrian: Arte come percezione della forma invisibile, Edizioni Accademiche Italiane, 2015
AAVV., Pasottiade, Silvio Pasotti dal 1933, Skira Ed, 2015
BARNABA Debora, White catalogue, White Milano, jan. 2015
AAVV., La Varese che vorrei, 80 contributors, Associazione Parentesi and Lions Club Varese Host Ed, 2014
AAVV., 12 Riflessi, cat. exhibition, Francesco Brioschi Ed, 2014
AAVV., Premio giovani artisti, cat. exhibition, Italgrafica Ed, 2012
AAVV., Ghiggini arte, cat. exhibition, 2012
BARNABA Debora, Visioni del vuoto: Varese, Arterigere Ed, 2011
AAVV., Premio giovani artisti, cat. exhibition, Italgrafica Ed, 2011
IOVINE Sandro, Il Fotografo, Kissing me, magazine, Sprea Ed, 2010
AAVV., Locus animae, rassegna d'arte contemporanea quinto episodio, cat. exhibition, Nextitalia, 2010
AAVV., Artparty, sferica, cat. exhibition, Quir Ed, 2010
AAVV., Circuiti dinamici, cat. exhibition, Seriart Ed, 2010
AAVV., Ghiggini arte, cat. exhibition, 2010
TOSCANI Oliviero e ALTRI, Santo Spirito, La Sterpaia Ed, 2009
AAVV., Cristalli di Rocca, cat. exhibition, 2008