June 20, 2017

Rosa Barba in conversation with Xabier Arakistain

Artist talk/Exhibition talk

An event of the Friends of the Secession (in English)

The work of Rosa Barba (b. 1972) blends experimental documentary filmmaking with fictional narrative, frequently focusing on humans’ alterations of their natural environment, and scrutinizes the interplay between historical record, personal anecdote, and filmic representation. “Film” as an analog material often features in Barba’s sculptural pieces. In her most recent work, Enigmatic Whisper, which premieres at the Secession, she and the musician Jan St. Werner engage with Alexander Calder’s American studio.

Rosa Barba contributed to the 32nd São Paulo Biennale (2016), the 2015 and 2009 Venice Biennales, and the 2014 Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Her art has also been presented in numerous solo exhibitions around the world, including at the Schirn Kunsthalle (2016), the MIT List Visual Arts Center (2015), the MAXXI, Rome (2014), the Kunsthaus Zürich (2012), and the Tate Modern (2010).

Rosa Barba lives and works in Berlin.

The work of the curator Xabier Arakistain (b. 1966) focuses on the social sciences and media and film studies. He is widely regarded as a pioneer of the development and implementation of feminist politics in the domains of contemporary art and culture more generally.

Besides organizing exhibitions including Guerrilla Girls at the Whitechapel Gallery (2016) and the Matadero, Madrid (2015), he has given performative lectures at numerous exhibition institutions such as the Tate Modern, London, and the New Museum, New York.

Xabier Arakistain lives and works in Bilbao.

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