Monday, November 18, 2013

Allison Barnes

November 23, 2012; wishbone, 2012
Allison Barnes is a Chicago based large format photographer exploring the themes of history as provoked by an object or place. She received her B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts and her M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work has been the feature of numerous publications such as Aint-Bad Magazine, American Oxford, Lenscratch, One One Thousand, and Ticka Arts. Barnes has exhibited in solo* and group shows throughout the United States and internationally, including Autobiogeography*, 30 Under 30 Women Photographers, Personal Portraits, curated by the National Portrait Gallery, received honorable mention in the 2013 Magenta Flash Forward and recently joined Catherine Edelman Gallery’s The Chicago Project. She is a contributing photographer to The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the co-curator of Tathata (2013) and Field Notes (2014). 

To view her work, please visit

Dining Room, 2013


The landscape in which identity is supposed to be grounded is made out of memory and desire, of shifting gestures that point towards what has happened and will happen. There are places that make us, and in some way, we make them. Our means of survival speak of how we value and use the natural world according to our senses, and shows how our own history becomes aligned with the history of a site. The terrain of these stories are built out of personal geographies where we seek comfort and sometimes solitude, where the light is regenerated into three hundred golden bees, calling forth desires that are reconcilable. 

All images made from 8x10” negatives on toned gelatin silver prints in an edition of 10.

September 17, 2012; pepper flower, 2012
Self with Sasha After Harvest, 2011
Gratitude Gardens; teepee poles, 2011
Wash Room, 2011
A Native Display with Scratched UV Glass; hair, wildflower honey, ladybugs, string, 2012
Ladybug Linen, 2012

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