For her project, Unprocessed in States, Rosa Barba extends an open invitation to be part of a film shoot. During the month of January, the artist will place a camera in select locations, both private and public, throughout the city of Berlin. Working from a position of trust, Barba leaves the camera alone, sometimes for days at a time, before moving it again. The single-shot raw footage will be shown in real time on Remai Modern’s homepage. After the session concludes, an edited version of the footage will be accessible through the museum’s online archive of web commissions.
Unprocessed in States concentrates on sites of transformation, where action, patterns and variation unfold at different paces. While our experience of the world via media is increasingly “live,” urgent and individualized, the narrative time of civilization can be delaying, cyclic or motionless. Barba reflects on the traces that history leaves on the landscape and urban environment, suggesting that these changes often manifest themselves only in a society’s subconscious.
Rosa Barba (b. Sicily, 1972) lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and is a PhD candidate in Fine Arts at the Malmö Art Academy. Barba has had residences at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam; the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas; Iaspis, Stockhom; and Artpace, San Antonio, among others.
Barba has presented her work in solo and group exhibitions at major museums throughout Europe and the US, and her work has been exhibited in numerous art biennials, including the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2014); International Triennial of New Media Art, Beijing, China (2014); 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); Performa, New York City (2013); International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (2014); Liverpool Biennale (2010) and the 53rd and 56th Venice Biennale.
Barba’s films have been screened in many film festivals and institutions worldwide, including MoMA, New York, Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Tate Modern, London. Her work has been widely published and is represented in many important international collections. In 2015, Rosa Barba was awarded the 46th International Prize for Contemporary Art by the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco.