Quentley Barbara

Quentley Barbara

Barbara (1993, CW) is originally from Curacao but has lived and worked in the Netherlands for several years. He is best known for his large-scale sculptural portraits made from recycled cardboard and duct tape. These sculptures are often portraits of his family, friends, and relatives. Barbara is a playful and experimental sculptor, who can create intimate pictures.

Barbara’s recent exhibition "Gun Nos Tambe" is political, a multi-layered installation riddled with hidden signs and meanings that appear to people who know them. It invites viewers to look closer, reminding them how appearances can be deceptive. The multi-faceted installation not only captures the tenor of the human body in motion but also demonstrates how it can be viewed as a political entity. In contrast to his earlier work, which was primarily 3D portraiture in the form of a bust, his most recent sculptures depict the body in its entirety as it interacts with the space(s) it occupies.

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2021 'Gun Nos Tambe, Madé van Krimpen, Amsterdam, NL

2021 ‘Kòrsou – Curaçao’, Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, NL

2020 ‘Famia’, Multiplemadé gallery, Amsterdam, NL

2020 ‘Papier Biennale', Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk, NL

2019 ‘Now n Then’, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag, NL

2019 ‘Hesus’, Het Hem, Zaandam, NL