Petra Johanna Barfs
born 1974 in Emden, lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Hotel Haus Freund Nr. 08, C-Print auf Aludibond, 15,5 x 23 cm
How does a society recognize its origin or even its personal/collective past? These questions are central to Petra Johanna Barfs’ work. The artist started dealing with this topic after returning to Germany having completed her studies in the Netherlands. After her return she started with her “reintegration” in Germany. That‘s how her interest in the notions of “social identity” and “Heimat” came about.

since 2007 · Mentee of Katarina Veldhues „mentoring for women fine artists“ of the federal state Rhineland-Palatinate

2001 - 2002 · guest student in the film-course of
Prof. Monika Schwitte, Städelschule Frankfurt

2000 - 2001 · postgraduate studies „Electronic Media“ with Prof. Bernd Kracke, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach

2000 · arrival in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

1996 - 2000 · „Interdisciplinary Fine Art“ lecturers including
Ton Mars and Sef Peeters, Academie Minerva, Groningen, Netherlands, Degree 2000

selected exhibitions

Galerie Lorenz, with Neil Stewart
Galerie Wildwechsel, Frankfurt/Main „Der gedachte Raum“

Darmstädter Fototage „Selbstsicht“, April

Wiesbadener Fototage „Deutschlandbilder“
Darmstädter Fototage „Inszenierte Landschaften“

„Nora Pan“ groupshow in Darmstadt Central Railwaystation

„Any“ groupshow, Galerie Niggendijker in Groningen, NL

„Kijk en fiets mee“ groupshow in Stadspark Groningen
„Identity“ International workshop with Prof. Jaroslav Koslowski in Skoki, Poland

Project „Out of the site, at the site“ in collaboration with the japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata and students of the Gerrit-Rietveld Akademie Amsterdam

Exhibitioncatalogue „Selbstsicht“ Darmstädter Fototage, Schaden, Cologne

Exhibitioncatalogue „Deutschlandbilder“ Wiesbadener Fototage

member of „Bild-rausch“ online archive for media-artists – initiated by Ulrike Rosenbach (a.o.)

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