The work of Uta Barth

June 24, 2014

Uta Barth wants you to look at the world differently. She initiates this goal by deliberately creating photographs that are blurry and undefined, forcing the viewer to question their perception of not only her own work, but also the world around them. “By photographing in ordinary anonymous places - in simple rooms, city streets, airports and fields - Barth uses what is natural and unstudied to shift attention away from the subject matter, and redirect focus to a consciousness of the processes of perception and the visceral and intellectual pleasures of seeing,” via Henry Art Gallery. A video of Barth further explaining her work was created in honor of being awarded the 2012 MacArthur Fellow.

text by Ana Capurso