Barbara Visser (1966, Haarlem, The Netherlands) is a conceptual artist whose project-based work is a dynamic work in progress. Visser's investigations circle around polar themes such as of reality/fiction, original/copy, and ideal/reality. Visser's work is truly multi-disciplinary, taking on whichever form is suitable of the project. It ranges from video to photography, performances, collages or architectural models. She participated in a Lithuanian soap opera and spent a day in Amsterdam's Hilton John Lennon and Yoko Ono Suite (site of one of the couples' famous sleep-ins). In a project from 2001 she photographed a Dutch couple disguised as Japanese in the pseudo historical site Huis ten Bosch Stad in Japan. In 2009 she visited the site again, took photographs and then restaged them in the corresponding, real Dutch sceneries. Barbara Visser participated in the group presentation at the Dutch Pavilion of the Venice Biennial in 2011.
Barbara Visser has been exhibiting in numerous solo and groupshows worldwide: Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (2019), International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam (2018), Centraal Museum, Utrecht (2017), Les Rencontres Internationales, Film festival Paris, Paris (2014), Kunsthal Kade, Amersfoot (2014), Objectif, Antwerpen (2012), Museum De Paviljoens, Almere (2006), De Appel arts centre, Amsterdam (2013), Venice Biennial (2011), Venice Architecture Biennial (2010).
Visser has been awarded several prestigious prizes such as the Dutch Media Fund Documentary Award (2011), the Best Dutch Book Designs (2008) for Barbara Visser: The Complete Incomplete Series as well as the Heineken Prize (2008).