Petra Barth has focused her art on memory, relating to human, social and environmental issues in rural communities worldwide which is influenced by her own upbringing. She is often working with groups such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the German Cooperation, the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development and the Human Rights Center at Duke University. Her project on deported migrants, The Backpackers / Los Mochileros was shown at the 2017 Venice Biennale and My Original Face was shown there in 2019. Recently she has published the project Anderswo / Elsewhere with Schilt Publishing.
Barth’s work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and policy forums from the Climate Change Summit in Paris and the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City to the Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo Paul Baldwell in Medellin Colombia, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Organization of the American States in Washington, D.C. Her work is included at the Human Rights Archive at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library at Duke University. Her awards include the Project Launch Grant from the Center in Santa Fe, the Beth Block Award from Houston Center for Photography, more than 10 IPA and PX3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris awards.