Milan-based artist Debora Barnaba originally studied drawing and painting; she later embraced photography, which became her primary artistic expression.
Since 2006 she has worked with renowned practitioners including Giovanni Gastel and Oliviero Toscani, participated in group and solo exhibitions and won numerous awards.
Her images express the power of self-portraits, with bodies that are controlled and subverted in favour of the photographic lens. Barnaba’s background can be seen in the detailed, formal construction of the shots and in her effort to aestheticise an idea, “tracing” it in the space of a single click.
Winner of the photography prize at ContemporaneaMENTI, Fondazione Arsenale Iseo, 2019
Finalist at C.O.C.A. Prize for photography, 2018
Winner of the critique prize, Genova Biennale, 2017
Mention by the jury, The Independent Photographer award, 2017
Third classified with Annalisa Mazzoli, Serbelloni Prize, 2014
Finalist at Premio Giovani Artisti Borgomanero, III edition, 2012
Third classified, Premio Ghiggini Arte Giovani XI edition, 2012
Special mention by the jury, Giovani Artisti Borgomanero, II edition, 2011