Book release:
Rosa Barba

Book release:
Rosa Barba

Bergen Kunsthall

April 4, 2013
Book release: Rosa Barba

Rasmus Meyers allé 5
5015 Bergen, Norway

Rosa Barba – Time as Perspective is published by Hatje Cantz in collaboration with Bergen Kunsthall and Kunsthaus Zürich. In the book, the two exhibition chapters, Time as Perspective – Chapter 1 at Kunsthaus Zürich and Time as Perspective – Chapter 2 at Bergen Kunsthall, are presented in their full breadth, as well as several related exhibition projects. The book features an interview with the artist written by the curators Solveig Øvstebø and Mirjam Varadinis, and texts by Laurie Anderson, Harun Farocki, Giovanni Ricciardi and Ingrid Wiener.

Rosa Barba’s films deal with time, not only as progressive linear motion but also as something that unfolds in layers of depth. In the artist’s words: “Time intervals stacked one over another in a kind of geological ‘deep time’ form the basis for much of my thinking about the film medium.” As such, the film becomes an imprint of the depth of time, where one can see or sense a spatial structure inward into the story, with all its strata and transformations.

“Time as perspective” was also a governing principle in the relationship between the two exhibitions. The exhibition was repositioned with a new ‘perspective’ in each of the chapters, with a point of departure in the different architecture of the institutions.

The exhibition takes its name from a new 35mm film, co-commissioned by Bergen Kunsthall and Kunsthaus Zürich, which Barba shot during the spring in Texas—fascinated by the desert landscape, which she approaches from an almost archaeological perspective on a quest for inscribed signs and times.

Rosa Barba
Time as Perspective
Edited by Kunsthaus Zürich, Bergen Kunsthall
Texts by Laurie Anderson, Harun Farocki, Giovanni Ricciardi, Ingrid Wiener and in conversation Mirjam Varadinis and Solveig Øvstebø with Rosa Barba

Graphic design by
Frieda Luczak
English 2013. 272 pp.,120 ills., 19 x 24 cm. Hardcover. ISBN 978-3-7757-3560-5.

Rosa Barba (b.1972) was born in Italy. She lives and works in Berlin.

The exhibition was a collaboration between Kunsthaus Zürich and Bergen Kunsthall, and consisted of two chapters. After a prologue at Jeu de Paume in Paris (May 2012), Chapter 1 was shown in Zürich (6 June–9 September 2012), curated by Mirjam Varadinis; and Chapter 2 in Bergen (2 February–7 March 2013), curated by Solveig Øvstebø.

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