Photography As Metamorphosis. The World of Barbara Kasten

Photography As Metamorphosis. The World of Barbara Kasten
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“The magic I see in photography is how a real object can become something else on paper,” says American artist Barbara Kasten in describing her work. Born in 1936 in Chicago and working for over sixty years between Los Angeles and the Bauhaus of Germany, Kasten is a complete artist - in her photos, one can see her experience in the world of sculpture and painting, as well as an innate interest for the abstract which challenges the habits of perception of the spectator. At Case Chiuse HQ, a series of photos taken using various techniques narrate the work of Kasten between 1979 and 2019: from the large polaroids of Constructs to the silver gelation pieces of Double Negative, up to the chromogenic salt prints in their imposing format of Collision 122 and Transposition. Barbara has always regarded photography as something different than representing reality - rather it is an investigation of the structure and the perception of space and matter. Sometimes, her photographic studies are the set for large sculptural installations that the artist assembles like a dance before shooting. Busily working both behind and in front of the lens, she experiments with one common denominator - the attraction for light, elusive and shimmering energy which vibrates surfaces, projects shadow, animating the creative scenery conceived by the artist.
Francesca Grego - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano