Bruce Barber, Biography

Bruce Barber has been worked across performance, installation, film, video, and photography developing propositional and situational works that engage and question social and political regimes of power since early 1970. From early conceptual performances using the body through to the new projects, his art practice demonstrates the potential to engage in communicative action toward social change.
Two major survey exhibitions in Sydney and Auckland (2008-2009) encompassed the full range of work from photographed found situations, performance actions and video work of early 1970. The interdisciplinary Reading Rooms began in the 1980s and the Squat Projects (Writing Rooms) of the 1990s. “Situation Room,” a project regarding immigration, citizenship, identity politics and alterity developed in-situ while undertaking a visiting artist residency at Artspace. His artwork has been shown at the Paris Biennale, the Sydney Biennial, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Walter Phillips Gallery, London Regional Gallery, the  ArtSpace Auckland and the exhibition “Time Space Existence” during the 56th Venice Biennale. Originally from Auckland where he studied at Elam School of Art in the early 1970s, Bruce Barber has been based in Canada for three decades, where he lives and works. Bruce Barber is currently Professor and Chair of Media Arts Division at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.

Originally from Auckland where he studied at Elam School of Art in the early 1970s and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Auckland University School of Fine Arts, a second Master of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and a Ph.D. from European Graduate School. 

Bruce Barber has been based in Canada for three decades, where he lives and works. Bruce Barber is currently Professor and Chair of Media Arts Division at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.