Rosa Barba. From Source to Poem to Rhythm to Reader

Curated by Roberta Tenconi

By Pirelli HangarBicocca

Rosa Barba

“From Source to Poem to Rhythm to Reader” (2017) by Rosa BarbaPirelli HangarBicocca

From Source to Poem to Rhythm to Reader

Rosa Barba’s solo exhibition “From Source to Poem to Rhythm to Reader,” curated by Roberta Tenconi, is a project that brings together fourteen works made since 2009, including 35mm and 16mm films, kinetic sculptures, and site-specific interventions. 

“From Source to Poem to Rhythm to Reader” (2017) by Rosa BarbaPirelli HangarBicocca

Barba’s exhibition “From Source to Poem to Rhythm to Reader,” hosted in the Shed space, weaves an intense dialogue between the works on view and the industrial setting that houses them. 

“From Source to Poem to Rhythm to Reader” (2017) by Rosa BarbaPirelli HangarBicocca

The five films in the show, seen here for the first time in Italy, include “The Empirical Effect” (2009), a film set around Vesuvius—for Rosa Barba a metaphor for the complex relationships between society and politics in Italy—, and the artist’s two most recent works: “Enigmatic Whisper” (2017), shot in the studio of artist Alexander Calder, and “From Source to Poem” (2016), a densely layered audio-visual narration, increasingly overlapping and condensing, analogous to white noise, filmed in the Audio-Visual Conservation Center of the Library of Congress in Culpeper, Virginia, the world’s largest multimedia archive – a film specifically co-produced for the exhibition.

“From Source to Poem to Rhythm to Reader” (2017) by Rosa BarbaPirelli HangarBicocca

Sight Enables Us to Appreciate Distance (2013/2016) by Rosa BarbaPirelli HangarBicocca

From Source to Poem (2016) by Rosa BarbaPirelli HangarBicocca

Rosa
Barba (b. 1972 in Agrigento, Italy, based in Berlin), whose work has won many
awards and been featured at international exhibitions and festivals, has chosen
film as her primary tool of expression. For years, Barba has experimented with
the language of cinema and sculpture, reflecting on the poetic qualities of the
natural and human landscape, exploring the idea of place as a vessel of memory,
and dismantling the notion of linear time. 

“From Source to Poem to Rhythm to Reader” (2017) by Rosa BarbaPirelli HangarBicocca

Powerfully striking images, portraits of obsolete architecture and natural landscapes, and visions of remote deserts turn up throughout her works, combined with fragments of text and scenarios where past and present intertwine. 

Boundaries of Consumption (2012) by Rosa BarbaPirelli HangarBicocca

The Long Poem Manipulates Spatial Organizations (2014) by Rosa BarbaPirelli HangarBicocca

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