Level 2 Gallery: Rosa Barba
Tate Modern: Exhibition
15 September 20108 January 2011
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  • Rosa Barba A Private Tableux 2010

    Rosa Barba
    A Private Tableux 2010

    Installation at Tate. Photo: Tate Photography
    © Rosa Barba

  • Rosa Barba Enigmatic Whistler 2010

    Rosa Barba
    Enigmatic Whistler 2010

    Installation at Tate. Photo: Tate Photography
    © Rosa Barba

  • Rosa Barba I Made a Circuit 2010

    Rosa Barba
    I Made a Circuit 2010

    Installation at Tate. Photo: Tate Photography
    © Rosa Barba

  • Rosa Barba They Shine and Waiting Grounds installation view Kunsthalle Basel 2008

    Rosa Barba
    They Shine and Waiting Grounds
    , (installation view, Kunsthalle Basel, 2008)

    Courtesy of the artist and carlier | gebauer, Berlin and Gió Marconi, Milan
    © Rosa Barba  

  • Rosa Barba Stating the Real Sublime 2009

    Rosa Barba
    Stating the Real Sublime 2009

    Installation at Tate. Photo: Tate Photography
    © Rosa Barba

  • Rosa Barba White Museum 2010

    Rosa Barba
    White Museum 2010 (outside view, Centre International d’Art et du Paysage, l’île de Vassivière)

    Courtesy of the artist and carlier | gebauer, Berlin and Gió Marconi, Milan
    © Rosa Barba

  • Rosa Barba They Shine 2007

    Rosa Barba
    They Shine 2007 (still)

    Courtesy of the artist and carlier | gebauer, Berlin and Gió Marconi, Milan
    © Rosa Barba

  • Rosa Barba The Indifferent Back of a View Rather than its Face and The Personal Experience behind its Description 2009

    Rosa Barba
    The Indifferent Back of a View Rather than its Face and The Personal Experience behind its Description 2009

    Courtesy of the artist and carlier | gebauer, Berlin and Gió Marconi, Milan
    © Rosa Barba

  • Rosa Barba White Museum 2010

    Rosa Barba
    White Museum 2010 (inside view, Centre International d’Art et du Paysage, l’île de Vassivière)

    Courtesy of the artist and carlier | gebauer, Berlin and Gió Marconi, Milan
    © Rosa Barba

  • Rosa Barba Western Round Table 2007-08

    Rosa Barba
    Western Round Table 2007–8

    Installation at Tate. Photo: Tate Photography
    © Rosa Barbaimage

  • Rosa Barba The Long Road 2010

    Rosa Barba
    The Long Road 2010

    Installation at Tate. Photo: Tate Photography
    © Rosa Barba

  • Rosa Barba Outwardly from the Earth’s Center 2008 (film still)

    Rosa Barba
    Outwardly from the Earth’s Center 2008 (still)

    Courtesy of the artist and carlier | gebauer, Berlin and Gió Marconi, Milan
    © Rosa Barba

Rosa Barba’s work encompasses film, sculpture, installation and publications. In this exhibition, Barba’s carefully choreographed installation divides viewers’ attention between the projected image and projector itself, posing questions as to which is the narrative and which the narrator. The artist’s distinctive use of light and sound permeates the gallery, resulting in a compelling, multi-sensory experience composed of a range of different objects, images, forms and surfaces.

In her films, Rosa Barba surveys unusual places or improbable situations, creating works that reflect both her social and cultural research and her interest in film as a medium and as a physical presence.

Along with the selection of sculptures and films, Barba has created a new publication for this exhibition, Printed Cinema 11: Idea in Abstract. This is the latest in a series of publications that Barba produces on the occasion of her exhibitions, where they are distributed for free. They constitute a kind of readable and portable film. In this case, images of the vast industrial inscription in the Mojave desert from her film The Long Road 2010 are juxtaposed with small hieroglyphic markings on the walls of a subterranean structure, each given equivalence of scale by the medium of film. These are accompanied by a transcript of her most recent felt drape work, I Made a Circuit, then a Second Circuit 2010.

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

Rosa Barba is curated by Ben Borthwick, Director, Artes Mundi with Cristina Cámara, Curator, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

The Level 2 Gallery programme is conceived and led by Tate Modern’s Assistant Curators, in dialogue with Tanya Barson, Curator.

The Level 2 Gallery programme has been made possible with the generous support of Catherine Petitgas.