Barbara Kalina

Performance with Barbara Kalina at XIX International Chopin & Friends Festival

Excerpt from program guide: "Visual artist and graduate of the program, Barbara Kalina, bassist, composer and educator, Pawel Knapik, and a group of composers/vocalists, the Asaran Earth Trio, get together in an event that combines multi channel projections of moving and still imagery, the sound of double bass and voices of traditions from around the world taken in new directions.

In her art practice, Barbara Kalina creates a social commentary and deals with the human condition. Her installations oftentimes combine photography, video, text, ephemera and sound. She blends into her art, the elements that are significant in her life; nature and music. The artist creates parallels between the everyday life of people with that of the natural environment. By incorporating sound in her work, Kalina wants to draw the viewer's attention to the various levels behind the moving and flat images and unravel layers of emotions that are possible only on deeper reflection. The carefully selected musical collaboration of the deep and rich sounds of Knapik's double bass and collective sound of vocalists from different parts of the globe, will guide in amplifying the emotional impact to the narrative created and the message the visual artist intends to convey. This, giving the evening an interesting experience of sight and sound."

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The performance will take place during the XIX International Chopin & Friends Festival on Friday November 10th at 7:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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Barbara Kalina featured in What the World Needs Now during Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2017

What the World Needs Now is a juried group exhibition that takes us back to the indispensable truths of life. It will be a document and celebration of the joy, togetherness, beauty and love that we need now more than ever. Co-curated by Anita Arliss and Ruben Natal-San Miguel. This September 2017, the art works selected for this exhibition at the B Complex Gallery will exalt the bliss of living and loving that is needed now more than ever. The exhibition will feature imagery from class of 2009 alumni Barbara Kalina. 

"What the World Needs Now Is Love" is a 1965 popular song with lyrics by Hal David and music composed by Burt Bacharach. First recorded and made popular by Jackie DeShannon, it was released on April 15, 1965. In June 1968, following the shooting of Robert Kennedy but before he died (approximately 26 hours), the Jackie DeShannon version was played over and over on Los Angeles radio stations as an audio vigil. This also continued for a few days following his death. Over decades the song continues to come back to be played as a healer and its positive message over troubling times in the nation and the world. We are currently experiencing similar turbulent times and we want to use the song as an experimental tool and theme to encourage and inspire artists to express such emotions and feelings through the use of photography based and related art works.

The artists reception will take place Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 7pm until 10pm at the B Complex Gallery. For more details, please click here. 


Image courtesy of The B Complex.

Image courtesy of The B Complex.