Barbara Nati’s oeuvre lies beyond what is commonly intended as photography, mostly standing out for its estranging effect. Her profoundly lyric investigation takes shape through a wise and skillful use of digital and technological tools. Her language always hovers between poetic and ironic, delivering essential social and ethical messages, with a particular focus on environmental issues.
With digital montage techniques and reference to 19th century’s painting, Barbara Nati’s new work gathers layers of meaning that can be traced to deeply-seated collective memory. Even though these layers allude to the realm of physical experience, they diverge from tangible reality into the realm of the enigmatic. Perception shift within the representational dimension, where, according to the Mad Hatter, all entities are fake and at the same time, real.
It’s a reimagining of the quintessential language of images where meaning has been deconstructed. Nati has created of her own world, using her unique vision to construct a new anthropology of mankind. It’s a dream/ nightmare where memory overlaps in a macrocosm where the difference between object and observer is flattened. The result is a alternative world, a world where we lost control.
In her images, Nati settles the conflict between body and spirit, thought and matter, subject and object and the struggle between the common meaning of life and its continuum across social interaction. Tied to memories, the crumbling buildings remind us of the possibility of living as a collective, sharing experience, rather than as individuals, isolated, struggling, alone.
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