Barbara Kasten was born in Chicago in 1936. She makes photographs and video projections in her studio that evoke an experience of movement through modernist architecture. While abstract, her work is subversively political, asking viewers to fundamentally question their perceptions. Trained as a sculptor, she began to investigate photography through cyanotypes of fabrics and photograms of objects placed directly on the paper. The recipient of many prestigious awards, her work has been widely exhibited by major museums in the United States, Europe, and Japan, and is held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the International Center of Photography, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among others.