Look at me

In this collection Barbara has creating a series of imaginary characters from the combination of infinitesimal details of previously produced photographs. Childhood, a leitmotif in her body of work, is here paradoxically represented in its “natural” perfection through the artificial patchwork of body parts, costumes from different cultures and ages. Barbara successfully created silent and iconic characters projected towards the audience, directly questioning the viewer. In these digital collages gestures become enigmatic: the child’s innocence is dramatically placed in contradiction with adult expressions and emotions. In the same and yet opposite figurative “twist”, older characters are transformed by the artist, “misplaced” in a slapstick and irreverent context.

The result is The Awesome according to Barbara van den Berg: a visionary series in which she conceived and designed a pantheon of modern mythical creatures. A bizarre world in which children claim adulthood and elderlies long for their inner child, a playground where the “seriousness of the game” reigns supreme.