artist / participant
press release only in german
Rosa Barba’s medium is film and her work relates in various ways to filmic methods and genres. The artist’s interest in the narrative techniques of cinema is highly important in her works. It results in a series of experimental approaches in which all elements can work together and become conveyors of meaning – the purely visual, the technical equipment and the sound. The art works do not lock different genres in place but rather give an impression of dissolving them: here documentary is combined with fiction, myth with reality, tangible material with textual elements and poetry.
In this digital age Rosa Barba further develops the analogue film, approaching sculpture and installation. In Malmö Konsthall one expression of this method is the large, centrally placed structure. Entitled Blind Volumes, this construct functions as a platform and vertical stage for several works, orchestrated in a spatial layout, whilst simultaneously being able to liaise with the exhibition hall’s extensive volume and with the architecture. The installation is complemented with projections in several formats (70, 35 and 16 millimetre), in which the film equipment itself is exhibited and becomes part of the work.
Rosa Barba was born in Agrigento, Sicily, in 1972, and now lives and works in Berlin. She has had solo exhibitions at such well-known art institutions as the Tate Modern, London, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, MoMA PS1, New York, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge MA, and Kunsthaus Zürich. Her work has been shown in art biennials and film festivals around the world, such as Venice Biennale (2009; 2015), Biennale of Sydney, and Performa, New York.
Opening Friday February 17, 6–9 p.m.