Bárbara Wagner

(this page was last updated in February 2019)

Brasília, Brazil, 1980.
Lives and works in Recife, Brazil

Represented by Extraspazio (Italy) and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel (Brazil).

PIPA 2010 and 2017 nominee.
PIPA 2017 winner.
Nominating Committee Member PIPA 2019.


Although she favors exploration of straitened or ‘peripheral’ situations in her native Brazil or in Holland and China (as in her most recent photographic series), Bárbara Wagner is not interested in a documentary type slant. Far from being essays in photojournalism her photos do not present her subjects as ‘victims’ (in accordance with a predefined perspective, as often occurs). What they put forward is a less orthodox and conventional method of approaching these subjects: through posing (as in the studio photograph) which brings the subjects onstage in an active and aware manner, representing them as they choose to be represented; and through stylistic features such as the use of the flash outdoors, saturation of colours, compositional care and attention. With these elements, Wagner builds up lively frames that capture the subjects’ free and often self-ironical performance: in a natural way they take over and play with the photographic space and with the eye of the beholder.

Website: www.barbarawagner.com.br

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