SANDRO SERRADIFALCO (Critic, essayist, Director of EA Editions)
The pictures strike the viewer. They don’t leave any questions as to the effectiveness of the employed means of expression. We see gazes that delve within ourselves, words left unsaid and stifled screams. The art of Yasmina Barbet finds its power in its enhancement of the figurative element. She focuses on overlapping images and emotions. They merge together thanks to the digital technology. Yasmina is a skilled manipulator of images, she channels expressions. Like a modern Arcimboldo she overlaps, composes, deceives with the magic of the forms. Our artist knows well the meaning of the tonal balance. Her works prove how she is aware of the means of communication. So, we attend a development of the artist’s development. From the artist’s phantasy flows this visual narrative, this transfiguration of the figurative element which is nothing but the desire of going beyond the common expressive motif. Yasmina Barbet is almost a pioneer for both the innovative techniques and the research of the represented subjects along with the themes. This is a new representation that projects our imagination toward the oneiric world.
FLAVIO DE GREGORI (Director of Santa Sara Academy)
The photographic works of Yasmina Barbet are the synthesis of a creative vision drenched in an eloquent fragmentation of lights and shadows, inner echoes and sparkling visual forms. From this vision, the emotions seek the cause of an inner whirlwind as a similar emotional condition of the human being in an artistic context of great historical expansion.
The contour line confers on the subject the right interpretation of facts while the details draw a symbolic classicism. The details spatially change through forms which are designed to recall an optical stratification projected from the inside out, from the dark of night to daylight, from death to a universal awakening of the body and the mind, from fear to the joy of earthly pleasures.
Flavio De Gregori
RUTHIE TUCKER (Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York)
Inspired by Alfred Stieglitz's declaration, "For that is the power of the camera, seize the familiar and give it new meaning," Italian artist Yasmina Barbet's digital photography reflects a unique personal vision that offers a fresh and exciting visual perspective to our world. The eye of her camera captures people and objects, allowing the viewer to get a sense of the energy surrounding them, becoming a part of the scene as they are drawn into the kinetic energy of the snap-shot. Exploring the medium of digital art zealously, Ms. Barbet searches for the beauty in reality, translating that beauty into her own language of color and form.
By creating a mood through powerful light and ingenious color, Ms. Barbet taps into a vital energy by allowing emotional power to filter through her camera. By transcribing colors, shapes and rhythms, Yasmina Barbet encapsulates divergent visions through a dazzling visual syntax. A gorgeous spontaneity reverberates in her oeuvre, as each picture creates a narrative in and, of itself that is open for interpretation. Ultimately, each image in an experience unto itself, allowing the audience to step through the doorway of the picture and enter the world of Ms. Barbet. “Images are a true language, where form demands a constant training to refine its expression, where our rational sense cannot be detached from our inner self, from our personal path,” says Ms. Barbet of her inspiration.
Galvanized by the people and faces of her native Italy, Ms. Barbet’s digital techniques involve assembling fragmented, disproportionate images of faces, patterns, and textures both from her imagination and daily encounters. Creating provocative visual stories, these unique arrangements force viewers to consider even the most familiar objects and photographic portraits in a completely new and spontaneous way. Exploring the dichotomy between reality and perception, Ms. Barbet explains that “When we use images allegorically to express a thought, a concept, an observation, or a state of mind, the elements of the real then assume a symbolic connotation. Sometimes these two aspects meet…”
By sharing her vision with us, Yasmina Barbet provides the opportunity to share in her wonderment at the ways of the world. Charged with life and energy, each one of her digital compositions is provocative and mysterious amalgamation of life. Brilliant and inspired, Ms. Barbet’s digital photography encourages the viewer to connect into the world. Cultivating her own technique and expression of the human condition and our visual perceptions, Ms. Barbet’s photographs are gems of the digital genre and have catapulted her to national and international recognition.