Anderswo / Elsewhere


The images in ANDERSWO reflect Petra Barth’s travels, thoughts and experiences. Step by step she explains to us what and when inspired her and how little episodes of her life affected her visual journey as a photographer.


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Petra Barth grew up in a rural village. She, her parents and her sisters lived on a small piece of land where nature was untamed. She climbed trees, floated on tires in big puddles of rainwater, picked wild blueberries in a nearby forest, and wandered along the giant furrows of a massive potato field across the street. As evenings approached, she feared for the moment she had to go to bed. Recurring nightmares haunted her during the day and kept awake at night. “I kept hoping that if I didn’t fall asleep, I could escape my dreams. Maybe that’s why I am captivated by illusions”.

Her mother would hang the clothes for Petra and her sisters to wear the next morning on the closet door. She didn’t know that they would throw ominous shadows that intensified by the light of the moon shining through the window scared Petra. “Maybe that’s why I am fascinated by shadow and light”.

At the sunrise, inspired by tales from faraway countries that her parents told them at bedtime, Petra and her sisters would roam the land and look for adventure. “Maybe that’s why I am drawn to the countryside, and to the unknown”.

Decades have passed and nightmares were replaced by curiosity. Through the lens of her camera, Petra Barth was able to explore the places away from home and keep moments alive which otherwise would be forgotten. The images in ANDERSWO reflect Petra’s journey to unfamiliar places, both geographically and emotionally. By letting her own memories interweave with the stories she listened to others share, she created intangible threads and followed them back to the little girl in the potato field, captivated by the unpredictable.

Additional information

Weight 890 g
Dimensions 25.9 x 24.8 cm
Publisher name Schilt Publishing
Publication date 16 November 2021
Number of pages 160
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by Petra Barth, Text by Bill Kouwenhoven
Dimensions 25.9 x 24.8 cm
Weight 890 g


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Petra Barth has focused her art on human, social and environmental issues in rural communities worldwide, often working with groups such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development and the Human Rights Center at Duke University. Her project on deported migrants, "The Backpackers," was shown at the 2017 Venice Biennale and "My Original Face" was shown there in 2019. She has exhibited in museums, galleries and policy forums from the Climate Change Summit in Paris and the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City to Galleria de Arte Colombo Americano in Medellin Colombia, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Organization of the American States in Washington, D.C. Her work is collected by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library at Duke. Her awards include Project Launch Grant from the Center in Santa Fe, the Beth Block Award from Houston Center for Photography, more than 10 IPA and PX3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris awards.