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.