Rosa Barba

Rosa Barba creates films, sculptural objects, installations, site-specific interventions and performances. Questions of composition, physicality of form and plasticity play an important role for Barba as she examines the industry of cinema and its staging vis-a-vis gesture, genre, information and documents. Taking these elements out of the context, in which they are normally seen, the artist reshapes and represents them anew. Her striking imagery, often showing natural landscapes and man-made disruptions in the environment, serves as the site where historical record, personal anecdote, and filmic representation meet in resolution.

Rosa Barba was born in Italy. She lives and works in Berlin. Barba studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and has completed her PhD with the title “On the Anarchic Organisation of Cinematic Spaces: Evoking Spaces beyond Cinema” at the Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University in 2018. Recent solo exhibitions include: Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen (2018/2019); Remai Modern, Saskatoon  (2018); Tabakalera, International Centre for Contemporary Culture, San Sebastián (2018/2019); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Palacio de Cristal, Madrid (2017); Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2017); Vienna Secession, Vienna (2017); Malmö Konsthall, Malmö (2017). Her work is part of numerous international collections and has been widely published, amongst others in the monographic books Rosa Barba: From Source to Poem (2017), Rosa Barba: Time as Perspective (2013), and Rosa Barba: White Is an Image (2011), published by Hatje Cantz; Rosa Barba: In Conversation With (2011; Mousse Publishing) and Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Space (2016), published by MIT List Visual Arts Center/Dancing Foxes. Barba has had residencies at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam; the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas; Iaspis, Stockholm; and Artpace, San Antonio, among others. She was awarded various prizes, among others, in 2015, the 46th PIAC, International Prize for Contemporary Art, of the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco.

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Rosa Barba