Born 1972 in Agrigento, Italy.

Lives and works in Berlin.

Education and Residencies

2021 Guest Artist programme of Arts at CERN (upcoming)
Atelier Calder, Saché, France (upcoming)
Callie’s, Berlin
2017 Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Denniston Hill, Glen Wild
2014–2015 The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, EMPAC, Troy, New York
2014 Artpace, San Antonio, TX
2013–2018 PhD of the Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University
2013 Chinati Foundation, Marfa
2008 Dia Art Center, New York City
2007–2008 IASPIS, International Artists Studio Program, Stockholm
2007 Museumsquartier, Vienna
Villa Aurora, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles
2006 Production-in-Residence, Baltic Art Center, Visby
2003–2004 Two-year residency program, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
2001–2002 C3-Institute, Budapest
1995–2000 Academy of Media Arts, Cologne
1993–1995 Theater and Film Studies, Erlangen

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2021 Rosa Barba. In a Perpetual Now, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (upcoming)
Rosa Barba: The Hidden Conference, The Tanks at Tate Modern, London (upcoming)
Rosa Barba: Pillage of the Sea, permanent sculpture for Beaufort Triennial, Belgium
Rosa Barba: Inside the Outset, UN Buffer Zone, Deryneia, Cyprus
2020 Rosa Barba, Touched by the Same Breath of Air, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku
2019 Rosa Barba: The Hidden Conference, ARTER, Istanbul
Rosa Barba, CCA Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu
2018 Rosa Barba: On the Anarchic Organisation of Cinematic Spaces – Evoking Spaces Beyond Cinema, Malmö Art Academy, Gallery KHM1, Malmö
Rosa Barba: Geschichte als Skulptur / History as a Sculpture, Kunsthalle Bremen
Rosa Barba: Send Me Sky, Remai Modern, Saskatoon
Rosa Barba: Drawn by the Pulse, Tabakalera, International Centre for Contemporary Culture, San Sebastián
2017 Rosa Barba: Solar Flux Recordings, Palacio de Cristal, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
Rosa Barba: From Source to Poem to Rhythm to Reader, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Rosa Barba: Spacelength Thought, Secession, Vienna
Rosa Barba: Elements of Conduct, Malmö Konsthall
2016 Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Space, n.b.k., Berlin
Rosa Barba: From Source to Poem, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux
Rosa Barba: Blind Volumes, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
2015 Rosa Barba: Spaces for species (and pieces), Albertinum, Dresden
Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Space, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Space, EMPAC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
2014 Rosa Barba: A Fictional Library–Live, Center of Contemporary Art, Vilnius, Lithuania, curated by Juan de Nieves
Rosa Barba. The Mute Veracity of Matter II, MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome
Spring 2014 International Artist-In-Residence Program: Rosa Barba–New Works, Artpace, San Antonio, Texas
2013 Rosa Barba: A Home For a Unique Individual, MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León
Rosa Barba: Subject to Constant Change, Turner Contemporary, Margate
Time as Perspective, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway
2012 Time as Perspective, Kunsthaus Zürich
Back Door Exposure, Jeu de Paume, Paris
Rosa Barba: Desert—Performed, Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis
2011 Stage Archive, Fondazione Galleria Civica – Center of Research on Contemporary Art, Trento Stage Archive, MART d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto
2010 Rosa Barba, Tate Modern, London
Is it a two-dimensional analogy or a metaphor?, Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’île de Vassivière

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2021 Videoarte in Italia, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome & GAM, Milan (upcoming)
2020 7th Yokohama Triennale – AFTERGLOW, Yokohama (curated by Raqs Media Collective)
2019 Fly me to the Moon, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
2017 Collecting Europe, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2016 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Hieroglyphics, with works by Rosa Barba and Rudolf Stingel, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Celluloid: Tacita Dean, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Rosa Barba, Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder, EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam
32nd Bienal de São Paulo: Incerteza Viva (Live Uncertainty)
2015 All The World’s Futures, 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Central Pavilion, Giardini, Venice
2014 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art Museen Dahlem – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
2013 Nuit Blanche 2013, Paris (curated by Chiara Parisi)
2010 Touched, Liverpool Biennial
2009 Making Worlds, 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

Rosa Barba engages within the medium of film through a sculptural approach. In her works, Barba creates installations and site-specific interventions to analyze the ways film articulates space, placing the work and the viewer in a new relationship. Questions of composition, physicality of form and plasticity play an important role for the artist as Barba examines the industry of cinema and its staging vis-à-vis gesture, genre, information and documents. Her film works are situated between experimental documentary and fictional narrative. They often focus on natural landscapes and human-made interventions into the environment and explore the relationship of historical records, personal anecdotes, and filmic representation, creating spaces of memory and uncertainty.

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