Rosa Barba (born 1972 in Sicily, lives and works in Berlin) is an artist with a particular interest in film
and the ways it articulates space, placing the work and the viewer in a new relationship. Questions of composition, physicality of form and plasticity play an important role in the perception of her work. She interrogates the industry of cinema with respect to various forms of staging, such as gesture, genre, information and documents, taking them out of the context in which they are normally seen and reshaping and representing them anew. She has had solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions worldwide (including Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge MA; MAXXI, Rome; Tate Modern, London, CAPC
, Bordeaux) and she has participated in numerous group exhibitions and biennials (including the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil, and the 53rd and 56th Venice Biennale). Her work is part of numerous international collections and has been widely published—amongst others in the monographic books Rosa Barba: White Is an Image
(2011), Rosa Barba: Time as Perspective
(2013), both published by Hatje Cantz; Rosa Barba: In Conversation With
(2011; Mousse Publishing
) and Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Space
(2016; published by MIT List Visual Arts Center/Dancing Foxes). Barba's work has been awarded numerous prizes, such as the 46th International Prize for Contemporary Art, Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco (2015).