Rosa Barba. spaces for species (and pieces)
Spaces for species (and pieces) is Rosa Barba’s first monographic exhibition in a German museum, after numerous exhibitions in museums abroad. Barba was born in 1972 in Agrigento, Italy, but grew up in Germany, and now lives and works in Berlin. She studied theatre and film at the University of Erlangen, visual arts and film at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, and held a two-year residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.
- Exhibition Site Albertinum
- DATES 28/11/2015—28/02/2016
Geological, historical and socio-political phenomena are often the starting point for Barba’s process-driven explorations. These then find their way into her films, which she shoots and edits herself, and also underscores with passages of her own text and music. The immediate effect is documentary-like, yet the works remain in essence epic, highly subjective narratives.
Alongside the film works, the exhibition also includes more sculptural pieces. These conceptual works use projected images, linguistic memories, and real or imagined objects as their central focus, placing them in an oppositional yet coherent dialogue with each other. They speculate on the nature of documents, not just as complete found items, but as reflections on the present; Barba is interested here not simply in the translation of documents into art, but in the process of constant transposing from the original material to the image, and from image back to material, so that content becomes form and form content.