Visiting Artists Program: Current Lectures
Thursday, April 11, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.
Visit siskelfilmcenter.org for tickets
German-Italian artist Rosa Barba's work takes shape through artist’s 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 the seaward drift of their homes.
Barba’s work has been exhibited at film competitions, 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 an exhibition 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 the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation’s Conversations at the Edge series and Video Data Bank.