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.

Solo exhibitions

2022 Body architecture, Ghiggini Gallery, Varese, Italy

2019 .nedt, IBSA special project, Milan, Italy

2013 Debora Barnaba: Untitled Show, Theca Gallery, Lugano, Swiss

Selected group exhibitions

2022 #MFM1# Excitatio, curated by Francesca Interlenghi, Spazio Maria Calderara, Milano, Italy

2021 Femme et fatale, with Image Nation Milan, Fondazione Matalon, Milan, Italy

2020 PhotoLondon fair, with Podbielski Gallery, London, Great Britain

2020 Ghiggini Arte 03/2020, curated by Eileen Ghiggini, Ghiggini Gallery, Varese, Italy

2020 Pleasure Garden, curated by Pierre Podbielski, Podbielski Gallery, Milan, Italy

2020 50 Liceo Artistico, Villa Mirabello Museum, Varese, Italy

2019 ContemporaneaMENTI, exhibition of the finalists of the prize, Fondazione Arsenale, Iseo, Italy

2019 Incarnato, curated by Chiara Gatti, Ghiggini Gallery, Varese, Italy

2018 Artisti a Venezia, curated by Daniela Accorsi, Accorsi Gallery, Venice, Italy

2017 Carte esposte, curated by Annalisa Fanti, Theca Gallery, Milan, Italy

2017 Biennale di Genova, Palazzo Stella, Genova, Italy

2017 Nude, Cortina Gallery, Milan, Italy 

2017 Kunst lives matter, Marzia Frozen Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2014 White light/White heat, Theca Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland 

2013 Corpo a corpo, Hangart, Pavia, Italy

2012 Il paesaggio contemporaneo, Deodato Arte, Milan, Italy

2012 Nonsolocorpisoli, I Macelli, Florence, Italy

2011 Circuiti dinamici, Circolo culturale Bertolt Brecht, Milan, Italy

2010 Locus animae, Palazzo del Turismo, Jesolo, Italy

2010 Artparty, Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Castello di Masnago, Varese, Italy

2008 Cristalli di Rocca, curated by Carolina Lio, Rocca Grimalda, Italy 

2007 Body-il corpo umano nell’arte contemporanea, Spazio Expo Culturali GB Design, Florence, Italy


Bronze at Paris Photo prize, Paris, 2021

Winner of the photographry 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

Selected bibliography - Books and Exhibitions catalogues

AAVV., ContemporaneaMENTI, cat. Exhibition, Arsenale Iseo, 2019

AAVV., Biennale di Genova, cat. Exhibition, AGF Edizioni, 2017

AAVV., Regione Lombardia: four seasons of beauty, Regione Lombardia, 2017

BONOMI Giorgio, Il corpo solitario vol.2, Rubettino Editore, 2017

AAVV., Expo Tales, Regione Lombardia, 2015

BARNABA Debora, Mondrian: Arte come percezione della forma invisibile, Edizioni Accademiche Italiane, 2015

AAVV., Pasottiade, Silvio Pasotti dal 1933, Skira Ed, 2015

BARNABA Debora, White catalogue, White Milano, jan. 2015

AAVV., La Varese che vorrei, 80 contributors, Associazione Parentesi and Lions Club Varese Host Ed, 2014

AAVV., 12 Riflessi, cat. exhibition, Francesco Brioschi Ed, 2014

AAVV., Premio giovani artisti, cat. exhibition, Italgrafica Ed, 2012

AAVV., Ghiggini arte, cat. exhibition, 2012

BARNABA Debora, Visioni del vuoto: Varese, Arterigere Ed, 2011

AAVV., Premio giovani artisti, cat. exhibition, Italgrafica Ed, 2011

IOVINE Sandro, Il Fotografo, Kissing me, magazine, Sprea Ed, 2010

AAVV., Locus animae, rassegna d'arte contemporanea quinto episodio, cat. exhibition, Nextitalia, 2010

AAVV., Artparty, sferica, cat. exhibition, Quir Ed, 2010

AAVV., Circuiti dinamici, cat. exhibition, Seriart Ed, 2010

AAVV., Ghiggini arte, cat. exhibition, 2010

TOSCANI Oliviero e ALTRI, Santo Spirito, La Sterpaia Ed, 2009

AAVV., Cristalli di Rocca, cat. exhibition, 2008

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