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Installation view of …cairo stories
Installation view of Speedflesh


Judith Barry is an artist and writer whose work combines a number of disciplines including installation and project-based research, film/video, architecture/exhibition design, performance art/dance, sculpture, photography, and digital media.

Current Exhibitions


She has exhibited internationally at such venues as the Berlin Biennale, Venice Biennale(s) of Art/Architecture, Sharjah Biennial, Sao Paolo Biennale, Nagoya Biennale, Carnegie International, Whitney Biennale, Sydney Biennale, and Documenta, among others. Her awards include the Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts 2000 and "Best Pavilion" at the Cairo Biennale, 2001. She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient.

Public Fantasy, a collection of Barryʼs essays, was published by the ICA in London (1991).

Other publications include Projections: mise en abyme (1997), the catalogue for  The Study for the Mirror and Garden in Granada, Spain (2003) and Body without Limits, Salamanca, Spain (2009).


Her work is included in the collection of MoMA, NYC, Whitney Museum NYC, Generali Foundation, Vienna, MCA, San Diego, Pompidou Center, Paris, Le Caixa, Barcelona, MACBA, Barcelona, FNAC, Paris, Goetz collection, Munich, Frac Lorraine, Metz, and CIFO, Miami among others. A survey of her work traveled in Europe and was on view at Berardo Museum, Lisbon, Portugal, 2010. Link

Recent exhibitions include "Exhibition As Image", 80WSE Gallery, NYC (2021), “All the light that’s ours to see”, Lumiar Cite , Lisbon, "B3 Biennial of the Moving Image", Frankfurt, (2020) “about documenta”, permanent exhibition, Kassel Museum, Kassel, (2019), ”…cairo stories" (2018) and “Imagination, dead imagine” (2017), Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, “Displacement”, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, (2018), ”West By Midwest”, MCA, Chicago, “Art in the Age of the Internet”, ICA Boston and UMMA, Ann Arbor, MI. 

Others include: “Unholding”, Artists Space, NYC, “The Voice”, Coreana Museum, Seoul, “Exhibition as Image”, Ludlow 38, NYC, “Down And To The Left”, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, “Electronic Superhighway” MAAT, Lisbon and Whitechapel, London, "Dis-Play/Re-Play”, Austrian Cultural Forum, NYC, and "Putting Rehearsals to the Test", and VOX Contemporary Image, Montreal.


She has taught and lectured extensively in the USA, Asia and Europe. Full-time teaching positions include ACT at MIT, Cambridge (2002-2003), the Merz. Akademie, Stuttgart, Germany (2003–2005). Currently she is Professor in the ACT program at MIT in Cambridge Massachusetts. Link


Topologies of the Real Techne Shenzhen 2023

May 3—July 23, 2023Museum of Contemporary Art / Urban Planning | Shenzhen, (China)

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Model for Stage and Screen, 1987
Light/fog room with chamber +
anti chamber


STYLE CONGO Heritage & Heresy

March 17—September 3, 2023

CIVA, Bruxelles, (Belgium)

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The Work of the Forest, 1992
3 channel video-sound projection panorama with Art Nouveau screens


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Public Fantasy by Judith Barry. Published by ICA, 1991.
Available at Printed Matter, Inc Link


All the Light That's Ours to See 

Jornal Público, Download Link

All the Light That's Ours to See 

Umbigo, Download Link

What are Galleries for? 

The Nation, Download Link


The Artists’ Artists
Artforum, Download Link

A Multimedia Artist Attuned
to the Zeitgeist

The Boston Globe, Download Link

Judith Barry, Download Link

In Conversation with Judith Barry
Interview Magazine, Download Link

A Window Into the Lives of Women
Living in Cairo
Hyperallergic, Download Link



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Dis-placement, 2018

Untitled: (Global Displacement: nearly 1 in 100 people worldwide are displaced from their homes), 2018*

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