August 23, 2016 - Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco - Rosa Barba: Disseminate and Hold
August 23, 2016

Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco

Rosa Barba, Subconscious Society, a Feature (still), 2014. 35mm film, color, optical sound, 40 minutes. © Rosa Barba.

Rosa Barba
Disseminate and Hold
New film will premiere at the Bienal de São Paulo 2016
September 10–December 11, 2016

Fundação Bienal de São Paulo
s/n - Ibirapuera
Parque Ibirapuera - Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral
São Paulo-
04094-000
Brazil

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The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco presents details of a new work by Rosa Barba, winner of the PIAC – Prix International d’Art Contemporain 2016 (International Prize for Contemporary Art)

Her new film Disseminate and Hold will be premiered during the Bienal de São Paulo 2016 and is included in the Bienal’s exhibition entitled Live Uncertainty (September 10–December 11, 2016).

After being selected as the winner of the PIAC – Prix International d’Art Contemporain 2016 at a ceremony in Monaco in November 2015 for her work Subconscious Society, a Feature, Barba was awarded a sum of 40,000 EUR, which included 20,000 EUR to fund the production of a new work. Barba’s new project Disseminate and Hold, made under the guidance of Artistic Director Lorenzo Fusi, investigates man-made geographies and landscapes, and how these are often deeply enmeshed with political agendas and utopian visions.

The new film work introduces us to the Minhocão (or “Big Worm”)—an elevated highway that runs through the heart of São Paulo. Built in the 1970s, with the intention of doubling traffic capacity into the centre of the city, the highway has always been synonymous with darker political undertones. In the work, the artist considers not just the history of the Minhocão, but also its current existence, examining the complex relationships between the road, the surrounding buildings and people of São Paulo. Barba reflects on the traces that history leaves on the landscape and urban environment, and suggests that these changes often only manifest themselves in a society’s subconscious.

Berlin-based, Italian artist Rosa Barba was awarded the prize for her work’s engagement with concepts of time as something inscribed in landscape and in language, cutting across history and subject matter. Barba is particularly interested in abstracting the medium of cinematography, pushing it to the limits of its possibilities through the creation of three-dimensional installations that involve sculpture and printed material. Subconscious Society focuses once again on her interest in time’s materiality. The work was partly filmed in Manchester’s Albert Hall and around a flotsam off the North Kent coast. Both abandoned spaces are re-inhabited in Barba’s Subconscious Society, blurring the boundaries of time and place. Evolving versions of the film have been screened in New York, Manchester, and Margate, as well as at the 2014 Berlin Biennale. Subconscious Society will be publicly screened in Ibirapuera Park, near the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (MAM) on September 7, 2016 at 8pm.

The PIAC – Prix International d’Art Contemporain (International Contemporary Art Prize) is awarded every three years for a recent work by an artist at the forefront of their practice, rewarding the finalist with a sum of 40,000 EUR, which includes funds for the production of a new work. Established in 1965, PIAC has been organised by The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco since 1983. In recent years, the Prize has been awarded to artists of international renown, each nominated by a leading professional from the art world. Past finalists have included: Carlos Garaicoa, Saâdane Afif, Candice Breitz, Didier Marcel, Su-Mei Tse and Guido van der Werve. The previous winner of the award, Dora García, presented a commission entitled The Joycean Society, which premiered in 2013 during the 55th Venice Biennale as part of the official programme.

Building on the success of the 2013 prize, The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco has launched a Nomadic Pavilion for 2016, which will include the presentation of the newly commissioned work by the winning artist to coincide with a key event in the international art world calendar. For the first Nomadic Pavilion, the Bienal de São Paulo has been chosen as the location to present work by Rosa Barba, the 2016 winner of the prize, as it is the second oldest platform of its kind (after Venice), and an important cultural reference point in South America and more broadly in the global South. Barba is also included in the official exhibition of the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo, where her newly commissioned film Disseminate and Hold will be premiered.

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Sarah Norton: T +44 (0)20 7183 3577 / sarah [​at​] suttonpr.com 
Jenny McVean: T +44 (0)20 7183 3577 / jenny [​at​] suttonpr.com

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