Barbara and Zafer Baran live and work in London, and have been collaborating as photographic artists since 1981. Their work is held in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and others.
Their most recent solo exhibitions include Observatory: A Retrospective (Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, 2013-14) and Moon and Star Drawings (Galeri Mana, Istanbul 2014). Previous solo shows include Turner's View / Star Drawings (England & Co, London 2011), The Garden of Earthly Delights (Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul 2005, in conjunction with 9th International Istanbul Biennial), and Ephemera (The Blue Gallery, London 2003). Their very first collaborative solo show, Turkish Portraits, was held at The Photographers’ Gallery, London in 1988.
A selection from their Ephemera series was displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2005-08, as part of Camera-less Photography: Recent Gifts to the V&A Collection. Further camera-less works have appeared in two more recent V&A exhibits: A History of Camera-less Photography (2010-11), and Picturing Plants: Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration (2011).
Prix Pictet nomination
Barbara and Zafer Baran have been nominated for the seventh cycle of the Prix Pictet photography prize, with their series Turner's View: Synthetic Cloud Series I. This is their second nomination for the prize.
Artists in Their Time at Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
The Baran triptych Herb Robert features in Artists in Their Time, Istanbul Modern's ongoing exhibition of works selected from the museum collection. The exhibition takes as its starting point the words of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar (1901-62), one of Turkey's foremost intellectual and literary figures: 'I am neither within time nor completely outside it.'
26.9.2014 - 28.9.2014
Barbara and Zafer Baran will be exhibiting with Galeri Mana at ArtInternational, Istanbul.
13.2.2014 - 15.3.2014
Moon and Star Drawings at Galeri Mana
The solo exhibition Moon and Star Drawings at Galeri Mana, Istanbul, includes a selection of work from two of the Barans' more recent series: Star Drawings, and Moon Drawings (with Wind and Water). These photographs - a type of kinetic light painting - are made using the moon and stars as 'pencils', in long camera exposures. Exhibition runs 13 February to 15 March 2014.
Moon and Star Drawings at Galeri Mana (exhibition view by Mehmet Omur, courtesy Galeri Mana)
28.11.2013 - 27.4.2014 (extended to 18.5.2014)
Baran retrospective, Istanbul Modern
The Barans' work is the subject of a retrospective, Observatory (Rasathane), at Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition features selections from 11 of their series, from 1999 to the present day - many previously unseen, and including both in-camera and cameraless photography, as well as videos. Exhibition runs 28 November 2013 to 27 April 2014.
Exhibition view, Observatory, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (photo courtesy Istanbul Modern)
12.4.2013 - 15.4.2013
Istanbul INN London
Barbara and Zafer Baran will be exhibiting selections from Ephemera and Star Drawings at Istanbul INN London, from 12 to 15 April 2013, Victoria House, Bloomsbury, London.
13.4.2012 - 27.6.2012
Star Drawings in two group shows
Two of the Barans' Star Drawings have been selected for the 2012 Open at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales. Exhibition runs 28 April to 27 June 2012. A number of their Star Drawings will also be appearing in the group show Wandering Lines II: From Automatic Drawing to Abstraction (the second in a series) at England & Co, London, between 13 April and 26 May 2012.
8.4.2011 - 31.4.2011
Several Star Drawings from the Barans' recent solo show at England & Co will be included in the gallery's forthcoming exhibition Wandering Lines: From Automatic Drawing to Abstraction. The title of the exhibition comes from Gertrude Stein’s account of her first flight in an aircraft in the 1930s, when she described looking down at the earth and seeing ‘the wandering lines of Masson’. The exhibition explores ideas and methods around the concept of the ‘wandering line’, with works by contemporary artists shown alongside 20th century drawings. Exhibition runs 8 to 31 April 2011.
9.2.2011 - 2.3.2011
Turner's View / Star Drawings at England & Co
Barbara and Zafer Baran will be showing two new series - Turner's View and Star Drawings - at England & Co, in their first major London exhibition since 2003. Exhibition runs 9 February to 2 March 2011.
Moon Drawing 3292 at England & Co
5.2.2011 - 25.9.2011
Masterpieces of botanical illustration at the V&A
One of the Barans' camera-less photographs is included in the exhibit Picturing Plants: Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Exhibition runs 5 February to 25 September 2011.
13.10.2010 - 27.3.2011
Camera-less photography at the V&A
Barbara and Zafer Baran are included in the display A History of Camera-less Photography accompanying the exhibition Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The display explores the camera-less image from its discovery in the 1850s to the present day, and includes works by Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, Frederick Sommer and Cornelia Parker. The Barans will be discussing their working process on 24 November 2010, 1-4 pm, in the Sackler Centre Digital Studio at the V&A. Exhibition runs 13 October 2010 to 27 March 2011.
Camera-less photography at the V&A
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