Ingel Vaikla

Bárbara Sánchez Barroso

Graduation year




The artistic practice of Barbara Sanchez Barroso can be viewed through her multifaceted engagement with the world: as a feminist, artist and traveller, but also booklover and cinema enthusiast. Her heroes are writers and poets – such as Virginia Woolf, who declared that as a woman, she had ‘no country’, yet despite this displacement, she claimed the entire world as her home. Barroso – who for a while had left her life behind and moved to a community living in natural surrounding far removed from anything she had known – also endorses Henri David Thoreau’s experiment in living in the woods – a retreat from civilisation as a form of inward migration. However, Barroso’s true inspiration comes from the stories of ordinary people whom she encounters in her daily life. Through them, she challenges social stereotypes and gender roles, balancing the poetry and vulnerability of the personal against the urgency of the political. Her works are interdisciplinary; the video narratives – with their performative approach and literary influence – at times expand through objects in the space, as if her stories transcend the boundaries of life into fiction, and from a myth, travel to arrive in real time.

Anna Smolak, curator

Featured events

HISK Open Studios 2018, Lisa Wilkens, photo Chantal van Rijt

Open Studios 2018

18/05/2018 21/05/2018
  HISK - Open Studios
HISK Open Studios 2019, Sofia Caesar, Photo Laure Cottin Stefanelli

Open Studios 2019

24/05/2019 27/05/2019
  HISK - Open Studios
An Islandof Multiple

An Island of Multiple Bridges

22/11/2019 15/12/2019
Coupure Rechts 310, Gent, BE HISK - Laureates Exhibition
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LOOP Barcelona

08/11/2022 20/11/2022
Different venues, Barcelona, ES Festival
Eventos Hero expo camara
Chiquita Room, Barcelona, ES Exhibition


15/11/2022 20/11/2022
Different venues, Kassel, DE Festival