David Barette is a photographer who works in various genres. His first exhibition,Some European Cities (2007), connected with the tradition of street photography.Subtitles (of Life & Death) (2008), his second exhibition, was a venture into appropriation art. This comprised photographed freeze-frames, combining image and text, from a diverse range of films. A postcard book, also entitled Subtitles (of Life & Death), was self-published in 2008 and is available to purchase from Whitechapel Gallery Bookshop, or by contacting David Barette by email or mobile phone. For 2008’s E17 Art Trail David Barette made a short film, In a Lonely Place (Forever), which again connected to the genre of appropriation. His next exhibition, Somewhere Else, was a collection of photographs that captured the strange, or surreal, in the everyday in such cities as Budapest, Lisbon and Bologna. In 2010 he exhibited two digital collages for a group exhibition at Pushkin House on Russian culture entitled A Suite of Lighted Rooms. Somewhere Else was exhibited at the Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green, as part of East London Photomonth throughout November, 2010. In May 2011 he exhibited two digital collages for a group exhibition entitled The Long Conversation: Poetry & Painting at The Red Room, The Rose & Crown Pub, Walthamstow. In September 2011 he exhibited photographs for a group exhibition entitled What Happens When Nothing Happens: The Everyday as part of the E17 Art Trail. In November, 2011, he exhibited a selection of old and new photographs entitled Live your Dreams at Mario’s, Kentish Town. In April and May, 2012, he exhibited Live Your Dreams and some digital collages at Spark Cafe, Clapton. In September 2012 he showed a new exhibition, Lisbon Walls, as part of the E17 Art Trail. This exhibition explored the relevance and subversive nature of street art in this unique city. An extended version of Lisbon Walls was exhibited at Pictorem Gallery, Walthamstow from April to May, 2013 and Lakeside Cafe, Alexandra Palace from June to July, 2013. Two works were exhibited at E17 Art House, Walthamstow and The Mill, Walthamstow in a group show entitled Book Marks throughout September, October and November, 2013. This was part of the Words Over Waltham Forest literary festival. Around the same time, four photographs, combining image and text, were exhibited at Pictorem Gallery in a group show entitled Word on the Street. This was also part of the Words Over Waltham Forest literary festival. His last solo exhibition, You Are Not Here, was shown at Pictorem Gallery in May, 2015 and at Hackney Picturehouse in March, 2016. A new exhibition entitled A Dreamer of Pictures will run from 3 May to 25 May, 2017 at Pictorem Gallery.
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He has an abiding interest in surrealism which is a clear influence on his work. He lives in Walthamstow, London.
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