Artist Rosa Barba is joined by Curator and editor of the Moving Image: Documents of Contemporary Art publication Omar Kholeif to discuss the materiality of her cinematic installation and sculptural works. The discussion considers the expanded field of the moving image in recent artistic practice.
The event is also the London premier of the artist’s film Subconscious Society, a Feature (2014). Shot on the on the last available shipment of Fuji 35mm film, the work imagines a re-inhabiting of abandoned and overlooked sites in Manchester and Kent in a parallel present or indeterminate future.
Film courtesy of HOME Artist Film.
Documents of Contemporary Art are published by the Whitechapel Gallery and MIT press. See the full series of books here.
Rosa Barba was born in Agrigento in 1972 and grew up in Germany where she studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, followed by a residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Barba has exhibited extensively internationally, including solo shows at the Museo Nazionale delle Arti XXI secolo, Rome (2014), CAC, Center of Contemporary Art, Vilnius (2014), Turner Contemporary in Margate (2013), Cornerhouse in Manchester (2013), MUSAC in Castilla y Leon (2013), Bergen Kunsthall (2013), Kunsthaus Zürich (2012), Jeu de Paume, Paris, (2012), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Fondazione Galleria Civica, Trient (2011), MART, Rovereto (2011), Kunstverein Braunschweig (2011) and Tate Modern, London (2010). She participated at the 56th (2015), 53rd (2009) and 52nd (2007) Biennials in Venice, the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art (2009), the Liverpool Biennial (2010), and the Biennial of Sydney (2014). In 2010 Barba further curated the group exhibition‚ A Curated Conference at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. She currently lives and works in Berlin.