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Rosa Barba

Unprocessed in States (part 2)

Remai Modern presents the culmination of Rosa Barba’s recent web commission, Unprocessed in States. During the month of January, visitors to the Remai Modern website watched Rosa Barba’s film shoot unfold in real time. The artist placed a camera in both private and public locations throughout the city of Berlin and streamed the video footage live to the Remai Modern homepage. We are excited to launch the edited version of the project, capturing her month-long shoot in an accelerated 16-minute video.

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 delayed or lingering, 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 residencies at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam; the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas; Iaspis, Stockholm; 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 and triennials, 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 Biennial (2010) and the 53rd and 56th Venice Biennales.

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.