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Olivo Barbieri

The Waterfall Project, Niagara Falls, Canada/USA,, 2007

Inkjet on archival paper
8 1/2 × 11 1/2 in
21.6 × 29.2 cm
Edition of 50
This is part of a limited edition set.
$500
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Olivo Barbieri
Italian, b. 1954
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With his lush, large-format photographs that walk the line between the real and the surreal, Olivo Barbieri challenges perception and confounds expectations. In his teasing, humorous work, the real becomes fake and the fake becomes real. As he describes: “All my work is about perception. It’s a deconstruction of the normal way of seeing.” His “Site Specific” series (2003-) exemplifies the way in which he uses his camera to make the familiar seem strange. Hovering in a helicopter above major world cities, Barbieri takes photographs from a bird’s-eye view, selectively focusing on only one element in the frame, often an iconic architectural monument, while leaving its surroundings blurred. The effect is both stunningly beautiful and bizarre: paradoxically grand and miniaturized, familiar cityscapes become shrunken toy landscapes with dollhouse buildings and miniscule inhabitants.

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Olivo Barbieri
Italian, b. 1954
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With his lush, large-format photographs that walk the line between the real and the surreal, Olivo Barbieri challenges perception and confounds expectations. In his teasing, humorous work, the real becomes fake and the fake becomes real. As he describes: “All my work is about perception. It’s a deconstruction of the normal way of seeing.” His “Site Specific” series (2003-) exemplifies the way in which he uses his camera to make the familiar seem strange. Hovering in a helicopter above major world cities, Barbieri takes photographs from a bird’s-eye view, selectively focusing on only one element in the frame, often an iconic architectural monument, while leaving its surroundings blurred. The effect is both stunningly beautiful and bizarre: paradoxically grand and miniaturized, familiar cityscapes become shrunken toy landscapes with dollhouse buildings and miniscule inhabitants.

Olivo Barbieri

The Waterfall Project, Niagara Falls, Canada/USA,, 2007

Inkjet on archival paper
8 1/2 × 11 1/2 in
21.6 × 29.2 cm
Edition of 50
This is part of a limited edition set.
$500
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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