Presented as a film installation at the exhibition ‘Time Forward!' at V-A-C Zattere, Venice, Aggregate States of Matters is a conceptual work where the written word combines with the enthralling visual motifs butwith an added interest, i.e., the concern for global climate change. Shot in 35mm,the film portraysthe Peruvian Andes and in particular a melting glacier, but also the local communities of the Quechuan population that have interplayed with these morphological elements for centuries. Weather is not the only topic: according to the film’s title, that refers to the metamorphosis of matter, time is also a point at issue. “Throughout my work, I question how we occupy space by investigating crisis through an unusual treatment of time and language. Time is conceived as an accumulation, an archive, rather than a linear progression” (Rosa Barba).
Rosa Barba (born in Italy, lives and works in Berlin) engages with the medium of film through a sculptural approach. Her film works are situated between experimental documentary and fictional narrative. Barba studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and has completed her PhD at the Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University in 2018. Besides having had many solo and collective exhibitions, Rosa Barba has participated in several biennales, including Venice, Sao Paulo, and Sydney. Her work is part of numerous international collections and has been widely published, amongst others in the monographic books Rosa Barba: From Source to Poem and Rosa Barba: Time as Perspective. She was awarded various prizes, i.e. the 46th PIAC, International Prize for Contemporary Art of the Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco in 2016.
35mm film, color, optical sound, 2019, Perù/Germania
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