Rosa Barba: Desert — Performed

Sep 7, 2012 - Dec 30, 2012

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Rosa Barba: Desert—Performed, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Rosa Barba: Desert—Performed, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Rosa Barba, I Made a Circuit and Then a Second Circuit, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Rosa Barba: Desert—Performed, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Rosa Barba: Desert—Performed, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Rosa Barba, Printed Cinema #13: Desert—Performed, 9.25 x 13.5 inches, 28 pages, loose-nested artist’s book. Photography and film stills © Rosa Barba. Text by Kelly Shindler. Designed by Frieda Luczak. Published by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2012 (Edition of 2000). Photo: Todd Owyoung.

Rosa Barba, Printed Cinema #13: Desert—Performed, 9.25 x 13.5 inches, 28 pages, loose-nested artist’s book. Photography and film stills © Rosa Barba. Text by Kelly Shindler. Designed by Frieda Luczak. Published by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2012 (Edition of 2000). Photo: Todd Owyoung.

Rosa Barba, Printed Cinema #13: Desert—Performed, 9.25 x 13.5 inches, 28 pages, loose-nested artist’s book. Photography and film stills © Rosa Barba. Text by Kelly Shindler. Designed by Frieda Luczak. Published by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2012 (Edition of 2000). Photo: Todd Owyoung.

Rosa Barba: Desert—Performed, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Rosa Barba: Desert—Performed, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Rosa Barba, I Made a Circuit and Then a Second Circuit, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Rosa Barba: Desert—Performed, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Rosa Barba: Desert—Performed, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Rosa Barba, Printed Cinema #13: Desert—Performed, 9.25 x 13.5 inches, 28 pages, loose-nested artist’s book. Photography and film stills © Rosa Barba. Text by Kelly Shindler. Designed by Frieda Luczak. Published by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2012 (Edition of 2000). Photo: Todd Owyoung.Rosa Barba, Printed Cinema #13: Desert—Performed, 9.25 x 13.5 inches, 28 pages, loose-nested artist’s book. Photography and film stills © Rosa Barba. Text by Kelly Shindler. Designed by Frieda Luczak. Published by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2012 (Edition of 2000). Photo: Todd Owyoung.Rosa Barba, Printed Cinema #13: Desert—Performed, 9.25 x 13.5 inches, 28 pages, loose-nested artist’s book. Photography and film stills © Rosa Barba. Text by Kelly Shindler. Designed by Frieda Luczak. Published by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2012 (Edition of 2000). Photo: Todd Owyoung.

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ROSA BARBA: Desert—performed

The work of Rosa Barba makes unconventional and inventive use of cinematic effects, mediums, and modes of presentation.  Her installations and objects engage essential filmic components such as celluloid, projection, light, and sound to present historical narratives and examinations of geographical locations while heightening our awareness of film’s material properties. Light projections and modified projector-sculptures function as physically-present objects in the gallery that also convey information; in other words, film for Barba serves as both subject and object. CAM’s presentation is her first solo exhibition in a museum in the United States and marks the American debut for a series of works focusing on California’s Mojave Desert.

On the occasion of this exhibition, CAM has produced the latest edition in Barba's ongoing Printed Cinema artist's book series, Printed Cinema #13: Desert—Performed.

Rosa Barba (b. 1972, Agrigento, Italy) currently lives and works in Berlin. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Kunsthaus Zürich (2012); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2012); Fondazione Galleria Civica – Center of Research on Contemporary Art, Trento, Italy (2011); MART, Rovereto, Italy (2011); Tate Modern, London (2010); Villa Romana, Florence (2008); and Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden (2008). In 2013, her work will appear in solo exhibitions at Cornerhouse, Manchester; Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; and MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Léon, Spain. 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 in New York commissioned Barba’s first web-based project, Vertiginous Mapping. Her work has also been featured in group exhibitions at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2009); Kunsthalle, Basel (2008); Torino Triennale, Turin (2008); and Sculpture Center, New York (2008); among many others. Barba is the recipient of several prizes, including the Nam June Paik Award (2010) and a DAAD Grant (2003), both in Germany. She studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and has attended several residency programs including IASPIS, Stockholm (2007-08), and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2003-04).

This exhibition is organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and curated by Kelly Shindler, Assistant Curator.



Sponsors

Rosa Barba: Desert-Performed is generously supported by carlier | gebauer, Berlin; Gió Marconi, Milan; Goethe-Institut Chicago; and the German Culture Center, University of Missouri in St. Louis.

Support for CAM’s exhibition program is provided by Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer P. Brown; William E. Weiss Foundation; and the Crawford Taylor Foundation. General operating support is provided by Whitaker Foundation; Regional Arts Commission; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Bank of America Charitable Foundation; Wells Fargo Advisors; Arts and Education Council; The Trio Foundation of St. Louis; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.