Conversations at the Edge: Current Schedule
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.
April 11, 6:00 p.m.
Rosa Barba in person
German-Italian artist Rosa Barba's work takes shape through artists' books, sculptural film-based installations, and short films. Often set in monumental, even menacing landscapes, her films combine documentary, performance, and science fiction tropes to examine surreal confrontations between nature, humans, and their technologies. Her subjects include life in the Red Zone around Mount Vesuvius, military test sites in the Mojave Desert, and a fictional account of life on a Scandinavian island whose inhabitants attempt to stop seaward drift of their homes. Presented in collaboration with SAIC's Visiting Artists Program and the Video Data Bank.
2007–11, Italy/Netherlands/Sweden/USA, multiple formats, ca. 70 min + discussion
Rosa Barba's (b. 1972, Agrigento, Italy) currently lives and works in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited in film festivals, art biennales, art museums, and galleries worldwide. Solo exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2012) and Kunsthaus Zürich (2012), among others. In 2010 she curated the exhibition, A Curated Conference: On the Future of Collective Strength within an Archive at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. In 2008 Dia Art Foundation commissioned Barba's first web-based project. Barba has received several prizes, including the Nam June Paik Award (2010).
Presented in collaboration with SAIC's Visiting Artists Program and the Video Data Bank.