Rosa Barba was born in 1972 in Agrigento (Sicily) and now lives in Berlin. She works mainly with the medium of film and has already garnered a number of awards for her work (most recently the Nam June Paik Award 2010). She is one of the most important artists working in film of her generation worldwide, and has made a name for herself through appearances in major international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale 2009 as well as solo shows at respected venues including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2010).
The Kunsthaus Zürich is the first museum in Switzerland to devote a solo exhibition to the artist. She is producing new works specifically for the show, which will be presented exclusively in the Kunsthaus. At the core of Rosa Barba’s work is the medium of film: she breaks it down and analyses it, employing it not only as an image carrier but also as material for her sculptural installations. These are intricate works in which analysis is strikingly combined with sensuality.