Barbara Visser (born 1966 in Haarlem, Netherlands; lives and works in
Installation with light; color foils; black and white photography; collage; projection with sound and text, 23 min 14 sec.
“Second part of the project originally conceived for the Palazzo delle Poste in Trento, for Manifesta 7. Revolving around the commission (in the 1930s) of six large stained windows for the building, the first part of Former Futures was shown in the building discussed in the piece itself. Former Futures II, here removed from the original setting, takes the elements of the installation as shown in Trento, Italy, and translates them in various directions: from color to black & white, from a scale of 1:1 to 1:5, from horizontal to vertical—remixing far and recent history alike.”
—”Former Futures II,” Barbara Visser website.
“Other works addressed modes of self-presentation and self-understanding, such as Barbara Visser’s sound installation of historical letters between the Palazzo’s architect, Angiolo Mazzoni, and the artist Fortunato Depero, who was determined to bedeck the building with Futurist motifs (Former Futures, 2008).
—Melissa Gronlund, “Manifesta 7,” Frieze (September 9, 2008).