• Rosa Barba’s Open-Air Cinema and Premiere: Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage, 2021

    UN Buffer Zone, Deryneia, Cyprus Friday September 10, 2021, 8:30 pm
    Rosa Barba’s Open-Air Cinema and Premiere: Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage, 2021

    Rosa Barba, Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage, Cyprus, 2021. Open-air cinema installation. Courtesy the artist and Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia. Photo: Marios Stylianou. © Rosa Barba

     

    Esther Schipper is is pleased to announce the inaugural ceremony of Rosa Barba’s Open-Air Cinema and premiere of her film Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage, 2021.

    Inside the Outset is a project that consists of two parts: a film and a long-term open-air cinema installation within the 180-kilometer UN-controlled "Green Line Buffer Zone" in Cyprus. This area divides the island between North and South, and forms the starting point of Rosa Barba’s artistic intervention.

    The project started seven years ago when Barba was invited by Point Centre for Contemporary Art in Nicosia and by the curator Mirjam Varadinis to Cyprus and proposed a cinema sculpture for the Buffer Zone. The inaugural ceremony of the Open-Air Cinema will take place in the presence of His Excellency the Ambassador of Italy to Cyprus on September 10, 2021, with the projection of Barba's film Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage along with films selected by the project’s Advisory Board of artists from each side of the Green Line and beyond. Visitors from both sides of the island will be able to enter the Buffer Zone, which is usually closed to civilians.

    In a recent article for The Brooklyn Rail, Rosa Barba discusses this project as well as her other current projects – Read it here

     

     

    Rosa Barba, Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage (2021)
    Open-Air Cinema and 16mm film transferred to digital and 8k film, sound, 31:15 min
    Produced by Point Centre for Contemporary Art, funded by the Italian Council.
    A collaboration with Famagusta Avenue Garage.
    Image: Marios Stylianou © Rosa Barba

  • Rosa Barba. In a Perpetual Now

    Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin August 22, 2021 – January 16, 2022 www.smb.museum
    Rosa Barba. In a Perpetual Now

    Rosa Barba, Plastic Limits, For the Projections of Other Architectures, 2021, 35mm film, color, optical sound, duration: 14:30 min. Film still © Rosa Barba

     

    The Neue Nationalgalerie celebrates its reopening after six years of renovation with a solo exhibition by Rosa Barba, opening to the public from August 22, 2021.

    Under the title In a Perpetual Now, Barba will present key works of her oeuvre from the years 2009–2021, as well as a new film created on the occasion of the exhibition. An expansive steel structure referring in its architectural structure to Mies van der Rohe's early project Brick Country House will host 15 of Barba's cinematic and sculptural works. Specially produced for the architecture of the Neue Nationalgalerie, this major solo exhibition follows the principle of cinematic montage, which plays a pivotal role in the artist’s work as well as her conceptual approach to cinema itself.

  • Spotlight: Rosa Barba

    Spotlight: Rosa Barba

    Photo © Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti

     

    This week for our Spotlight we present a selection of major works by Rosa Barba who recently joined the gallery, as well as an introduction to her new film and site-specific project, Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage, filmed in Cyprus, including the UN-Buffer Zone.

    This summer, Rosa Barba will present an architectural film installation as part of the long-awaited reopening of the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, after five years of closure for renovation work.

     

    Click here to see the full Spotlight

  • Esther Schipper is pleased to announce the representation of Rosa Barba

    Esther Schipper is pleased to announce the representation of Rosa Barba

    Photo © Sara Masüger

     

    Rosa Barba was born in 1972 in Agrigento, Italy. She currently lives and works in Berlin.

    She studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and has completed her PhD at the Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University in 2018.

    She has been a visiting professor at MIT, ACT (Program in Art, Culture and Technology), in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Barba holds a professorship in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts, Bremen.

    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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