Rosa Barba, Evoking a Space Beyond Cinema / video still © Rosa Barba
Rosa Barba: Evoking a Space Beyond Cinema
Feb 16 – Jun 16, 2024
Museo de Arte de Lima / proyectoamil
Lima, Peru

The Museo de Arte de Lima – MALI and proyectoamil present Rosa Barba: Evoking a Space Beyond Cinema, a solo exhibition by the Italo-German artist Rosa Barba (Agrigento, Italy, 1972). The exhibition explores the function of film devices that have been reassembled and modified as sculptural and performative pieces, producing speculative artifacts that create unpredictable imaginaries. The exhibition will be on display in the temporary gallery 3 at MALI from February 16 to June 16, 2024.

When our perception of social life is reconfigured by algorithmic instructions and digital codifications that restrict our creative freedom, Rosa Barba’s analog machines and sculptures respond by creating spaces of ambiguity. Her work aims to break the status quo of moving images that dominate our consumption habits in favor of an anarchic temporality that distills essential characteristics of the cinematic medium. This is achieved through the contrast between natural spaces and the intrusion of technology in contexts marked by social and cultural references.

The central piece is Aggregate States of Matters (2019), a 35mm film presented as a cinematic installation. Shot in the Peruvian Andes, it addresses the growing impact of climate change. The work unveils the relationship between nature, culture, and the Andean worldview, establishing the evolutionary coexistence of living beings, plants, and territories. Through extensive dialogue with the local population, the piece reveals the blurred boundaries between human and non-human actors in communities affected by glacier melting in the Andes.

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Finally, on the occasion of the exhibition, a printed edition of Printed Cinema – a publication in printed format, designed to express and deconstruct the cinematic element – will be presented. This edition is based on stills from the film Radiant Exhibitions: Facts Run Like Beams of Light (2022), which explores the desert and modern archives as a manifestation of the human desire for progress, attempting to represent a place beyond time and space, ethereal, timeless, and supernatural.

Without chasing the nostalgia of a pre-media past, Rosa Barba’s analog machines restore our sense of wonder by creating a type of visual and cognitive experience that encourages and allows open explorations. They reconfigure cinematic supports to achieve new visual forms. The MALI thus becomes a cinematic stage, where technological devices engage in a dialogue with contemporary art.

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