The Kunsthalle Nürnberg is presenting an impressive selection of Exposures, which currently consists of about 160 individual series, in the exhibition Barbara Probst: Streets, Fashion, Nudes, Still Lifes, beginning with Exposure #1: N. Y. C., 545 8th Avenue, 01.07.00, 10:37 p.m., which was created in 2000 on the roof of a high-rise in New York. The exhibition also features current works from early 2020, taken by Probst in New York during the shutdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The streets and squares of the city are abandoned, and the hyperactive hustle of the business world has been halted. Enhanced by this unaccustomed state of standstill, architectural and urban details are revealed that we would probably not have noticed in everyday life.
Using a radio-controlled release system, Barbara Probst triggers simultaneous shots of the same event, gesture or action from different distances and angles. This moment multiplied into several views constitutes an exposure, a constellation of perspectives that induces multifaceted, sometimes contradictory readings of the image.
What happens when pictures are »read« by computers and no longer by human beings and when reality is only perceived through photographs? What contemporary pictures actually capture the diverse ways in which power exerts control? What breaking points and possibilities for change can they visualize? As part of the 7th Triennial of Photography Breaking Point, the exhibition searches for answers to these pertinent questions with its 15 individual photographic and cinematic approaches.