Tate Modern Exhibition

Level 2 Gallery: Rosa Barba

Rosa Barba A Private Tableux 2010

Rosa Barba Enigmatic Whistler 2010

Rosa Barba I Made a Circuit 2010

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

Rosa Barba Stating the Real Sublime 2009

Rosa Barba White Museum 2010

Rosa Barba They Shine 2007

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

Rosa Barba White Museum 2010

Rosa Barba Western Round Table 2007-08

Rosa Barba The Long Road 2010

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

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.

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TateShots: Rosa Barba

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15 September 2010 – 8 January 2011