CAC, Vilnius: Rosa Barba. A Fictional Library – Live

Rosa Barba. A Fictional Library – Live

13.06.2014- .03.08.2014

Curator: Juan de Nieves

A Fictional Library Live once again follows the system Rosa Barba has conceived in her latest exhibitions and projects: a simultaneity of devices within a given space-and-time devoted to a choreography of slippery narrative(s). Each of her films, composed of luminous props and projected texts, has a specified and undeniable value, and together they give rise to more complex readings, confronting the audience’s subjectivities who in turn become engaged and stimulated wanderers. Thus, the exhibition space is never conceived as a contemplative stage, but rather as an intentioned site of consciousness.

Fluctuations of light and images that emanate “live” from each of those subversive devices generate multiple spaces of meaning, both barely apprehensible and univocal. At the same time, a fluid and changeable territory is established like a mechanized performance, supplying layers of poetic and political information at the same time that ultimately defies the limits of the viewer's perception.

Recent selection of Rosa Barba’s solo shows: Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, 2014, Artpace, San Antonio, US, 2014, Turner Contemporary, Margate, Bergen Kunsthall, Cornerhouse, Manchester, MUSAC, Castilla y Leon, Spain, 2013, Jeu de Paume, Paris, Kunsthaus Zürich, Marfa Book Co, 2012, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, USA, Fondazione Galleria Civica-Center of Research on Contemporary Art, Trento and MART Museum, Rovereto, Italy, Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2011, Tate Modern, Level 2, Centre d'art de l'ile de Vassivière, Center of Contemporary Arts, Tel Aviv, 2010.

She has participated in group shows in the Maxxi Museum, Rome; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Swiss Institute, New York; Liverpool Biennale; 52nd and 53rd Venice Biennale; 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art; Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva and at the moment her work is on display at the 19th Sydney Biennial and the 8th Berlin Biennial.

Picture: Rosa Barba „Subconscious Society -Live”, Performa Commission at Anthology Film Archives, New York, 2013 by Paula Court

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