Rosa Barba (born 1972, Agrigento, Italy) is a Berlin-based visual artist. Barba is known for using the medium of celluloid and its materiality to create cinematic film installations, sculptures and publications. She exhibits in galleries and museums internationally.

Rosa Barba began at a young age to work with film as sculpture. She very soon began experimenting with moving images using super 8 film. From 1993 – 1995 she studied Theater and Film Studies in Erlangen, Germany. During her studies at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne (1995–2000) she made her first 16 mm film Panzano] (2000) in which three characters struggle to assign parts among themselves. Barba has travelled and taken part in several residencies; the two year residency program at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2003-2004), Production in Residence, Baltic Arts Center Visby (2006), Villa Aurora, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, USA (2006), IASPIS Stockholm (2007-2008) and Artists-in-Residence-Programm der Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas.She is part of a group of artists that addresses the importance of film and analogue in the digital age along with other contemporary practitioners such as Matthew Buckingham, Tacita Dean, Luke Fowler, Ben Rivers etc. Barba lives and works in Berlin.

Rosa Barba
Agrigento, 1972

Current Exhibitions

Time, Forward!

V-A-C Foundation Venice

11 May — 20 Oct
The exhibition seeks to question the notion and function of time and how it relates to new forms of consciousness, action and sight in the twenty-first century. V–A–C Foundation has commissioned 13 new works, some site-specific,...

Past Exhibitions

Fly me to the Moon

Kunsthaus Zürich
05/04/2019 — 30/06/2019

The Street. Where the World is Made

Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo – MAXXI
07/12/2018 — 28/04/2019

Open at Night – Festival of Lights

Villa Medici 16/12/2017 — 28/01/2018

Rosa Barba: From Source to Poem to Rhythm to Reader

Pirelli HangarBicocca
05/05/2017 — 08/10/2017

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Hieroglyphics

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart
23/09/2016 — 26/02/2017

Solo Shows

Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Space, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston, USA curated by Henriette Huldisch
Galerie neuer Meister, Albertinum, Dresden, curated by Hilke Wagner
The Color Out of Space, EMPAC in Troy, New York, US

Rosa Barba. The Mute Veracity of Matter II, MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy
Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, US, curated by Rita Gonzalez

Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK, curated by Lauren Wright
Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK, curated by Henriette Huldisch
Time as Perspective, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway, curated by Solveig Øvstebø MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Léon, Spain, curated by Juan de Nieves

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Agrigento Country of birth: Italy Date of birth: 1972 Lives in: Berlin