Rosa Barba is a Italian-born artist, currently living in Berlin. She studied Film and Visual Arts at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne followed by a residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Her works deals with the aleatory and psychic dimensions of the image, the speculative narration that conjures invisible landscapes, landscapes with unseen histories, and the characteristic evocation of cinematic narrative through the use of moving and projected text and sometimes an off-site reference to a historic event in Modernist discourse.
Barba explores the artisanal and the industrial processes fused together in cinema with the waywardness of her machines, while the "cinematic mode of production" that brings these to bear on the attention and temporality of the viewer, is evoked on the small, diachronic and fictive scale of her archives and enigmas. These film-concrete practices are always somehow about jumping the species-barrier between that which transmits and that which perceives. In Rosa Barba's case, the mechanism dwells on itself to mimic a reader, trying to keep track of the wandering words and so becoming a projector of the sometimes invisible images they carry.
Solo exhibitions include: Centre International D'Art et du Paysage de l'ile de Vassiviere, France (2010) Center of Contemporary Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel (2010), Gallery GiÃ³ Marconi, Milan (2009)
Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden (2008), as well as Vertiginous Mapping (2008), a web project commissioned by the Dia Art Foundation, New York (www.diaart.org/barba). Recent group exhibitions include: H-Box (touring), New Museum, New York (2010) Film as a subversive Art, Lux, London (2009) New Acquisitions, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2009) Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2009) Gothenborg Biennale (2009) Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2009/10) Rooms look Back, Kunsthalle Basel (2008); Italics, Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution, 1968-2008, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy; 50 Moons of Saturn, Torino Triennale, Turin, Italy (2008). She was also included in the exhibition Fare Mondi / Making Worlds, curated by Daniel Birnbaum for the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).