Barbara van Ittersum


A liquid ostentatious act by Barbarizsm - Photo credits:  Olga Middendorp, Barbara van Ittersum and Vincent Boschma. Olga Middendorp, vincent boschma, Barbara van Ittersum

Barbara van Ittersum (1965) studied painting, graphic and audiovisual design before she decided to specialize herself in photography at the University for the Arts in Utrecht (HKU). 

She has been working as a photographer since 1987 and has held many expositions as well as doing acclaimed work for magazines and outdoor advertisements. 

In Barbara's search for the underlying truth she surpasses the boundaries of conventionality and good taste which results in images of vanity and lust, cruelty and pride, fear and loneliness; a reflection of her passionate and outgoing personality.  

Her pictures function as a mirror for others as well and because of her impulsive view of life associations concerning happenings from daily life are put into a different perspective. 

Van Ittersum’s work has been frequently exhibited over the last few decades. Breakthrough exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the Clair Obscure Gallery in Los Angeles (2005) gave her artistic language a multifarious signature. 

Todd David Schwarts, at the time art critic for CBS Radio in the United States, describes Van Ittersum in those years as one of the most talented avant-garde photographers in the world. 


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