Barbara Boissevain, United States
Barbara Boissevain is an internationally exhibited photographer who explores and documents environmental and social justice issues. In her ongoing project, Big Dirty Secrets, she highlights issues of toxicity relevant to the inhabitants of the Silicon Valley with the intent of fostering meaningful discourse about environmental stewardship. Her prior work includes Children of the Rainbow, a book and traveling exhibition that documents humanitarian problems due to climate change, facing Quechua communities in Peru. For her current project, The Trees Will Outlive Us, she photographs nature taking back abandoned human structures, imagining the future evolution of these relinquished sites.
Boissevain received her B.F.A from the San Francisco Art Institute and her M.F.A. from San Jose State University. Her work has been exhibited internationally, with solo and group exhibitions in the USA and Europe. These include: Galerie Numero Cinq, Arles, France; the David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA; the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA; Currents 826, Santa Fe, NM; the Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY; the New Museum Los Gatos, CA and the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland. In the summer of 2018, she completed an artist residency at Galerie Huit in conjunction with Les Rencontres de La Photographie in Arles, France.
Her work is part of numerous public and private collections all over the world, including corporate collections. Currently, she is an artist in residence with the City of Palo Alto’s juried Cubberley Artist Studio Program.