My artwork is part of an ongoing narrative interpreting ideas about society, memory, and identity—working as a transmitter of history and engaged with a visual language. The disruption, translation, and recasting of space figures prominently in my creative process. Ideas and works have led to hybrid installations that straddle the boundaries between video, audio, photography, print, sculpture, installation and object-based art. This allows me to approach one discipline through another. 

Ideas are guided by aesthetics and grounded in a definite social context that resonates with present-day realities. I’m looking for a visual and creative language to participate in a global discussion. I’m questioning how the past is recorded and remembered, and putting forth a radical alternative. Historically art has served as a means of bearing witness to and as an agent of social change. It's these tensions and struggles that can define a given era, dictating how it is remembered by future generations.


Javier Barrera

BA Philosophy, Boston University
MFA Film and Video, Hunter College, CUNY 



Select exhibitions and participations:

HOT OFF THE PRESSES/Contemporary Prints, National Arts Club, New York NY
Festival M.A.R.S. (Music and Arts Resound), Los Angeles, CA

Berlin Collective, Satellite Fair, Miami Beach, FL
E/AB Fair, SOLO Impression, New York, NY
Geste, curated by Shiva Lynn Burgos de Palfreyman, Paris, France
American Gothic, LOZENGE project space, New York, NY
London Intensive, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
WE:AMericans, Station Independent Projects, New York, NY

CUT N MIX: Contemporary Collage, Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
Telestrations, curated by Alex Sloane (MOMA), Gowanus Open Studios, Brooklyn New York, NY
Berlin Collective, X Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, FL
Benefit for Nepal, Picturefarm, New York, NY
Territorios, Proyecto 'ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Printmaking residency at Proyecto 'ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
E/AB Fair, SOLO Impression, New York, NY

Social Photography III, Carriage Trade, New York, NY
The Miami Project Art Fair, Freight+Volume Gallery, Miami, FL

Portobello Film Festival, London, UK

Sold Out Exhibition, Elastic Residence, London, UK

Suspension of Disbelief, Salena Gallery at Long Island University, NewYork, NY
Circa Labs, Circa Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Pulse Art Fair, Freight & Volume Gallery, Miami, FL
Scope Art Fair, Magnet Gallery, Miami, FL

E Pluribus Unum, The Arts Theatre. Feature film commissioned by Olympia Arts, London, UK
[PAM] and Friends, Scope Hamptons, East Hampton, NY
Circa Art Fair, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Video Box: We Are Your Future, 2nd Moscow Biennial, Moscow, Russia

The Perpetual Art Machine, Scope Miami, Miami, FL
Art Basel/Miami Beach Video Lounge (featured artist). Curated by Michael Rush
Pulse Art Fair, Freight & Volume Gallery, Miami, FL
PHOTO MIAMI, Tag Rom Gallery, Miami, FL
FIAC, Cour Carree du Louvre, Freight and Volume Gallery, Paris, France
Year ’06 Art Fair, Freight & Volume Gallery, London, UK
Scope Hamptons, Wainscott, NY
The Art And Wine Fair, Tag Rom Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Scope New York, Cinema-scope [PAM], NewYork, NY

FIAC, Freight & Volume Gallery, Paris, France
That Uncomfortable Place Between Beginning and Ending, curated by Lee Wells/IFAC London, UK; Southampton, NY; and Miami, FL
Pulse Art Fair, Freight & Volume Gallery, Miami, FL
The Return to New York DJ Tour. Exclusive video projection artists in collaboration with music producer Arthur Baker and New Order bassist Peter Hook (12 city USA tour)
New Order Jetstream Tour. Exclusive video projection artists, USA tour

NADA Art Fair, Volume Gallery, Miami, FL
Media Ballistics, CUNY/Hunter College, NewYork, NY
Flatfile Gallery, USA Absolute Vodka Video Festival, Chicago, IL
Project Room, Magnet Gallery, NewYork, NY

Druid: Wood as a Superconductor, Space 101, curated by David Hunt, Brooklyn, NY
Between Waking and Sleeping, Fluxcore Artspace, Brooklyn, NY
City Mouse/Country Mouse, Space 101, curated by David Hunt, Brooklyn, NY

Featured Artists, panel discussion, inaugural Scope Art Fair, NewYork, NY
Alternative Processes, Flatfile Gallery, Chicago, IL
Magnet Gallery inaugural exhibition, NewYork, NY

Artist’s Space benefit, NewYork, NY
In Transit, Flatfile Gallery Project Room, Chicago, IL