German-Italian artist Rosa Barba’s work takes shape through books, sculptural film-based installations, and short films. Often set in monumental landscapes—the Red Zone around Mount Vesuvius, military test sites in the Mojave Desert, an island adrift in the Baltic Sea—her films combine documentary, performance, and science fiction to examine surreal confrontations between nature, humans, and their technologies. 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. 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.
Image Credit: Rosa Barba, Outwardly from Earth’s Center (2007). Courtesy of the artist and the Video Data Bank.