(b. 1972 in Italy) lives and works in Berlin.
Rosa Barba studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Barba’s work is represented in numerous international collections such as Collezione MAXXI Arte, Rome, Italy; Collezione FRAC Piemonte, Vercelli, Italy; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Lemaître Collection, London; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto; Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Kunsthaus Zürich, MACBA Barcelona, Mambo Bologna, Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Germany and Jumex, Mexico City. She has participated in group shows amongst others at MASS MoCA, USA; Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz; La Cinémathèque Française, Paris; WIELS, Brussels; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Swiss Institute, New York; 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art International Triennial of New Media Art 2014, Beijing, China; 19th Biennale of Sydney; International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; 2010 Liverpool Biennial; 52nd and 53rd Venice Biennale; 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art; Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva.


" Subconscious Society, a Feature (2014) "

35 mm film, color, sound, 40’)

Nominated by Chiara Parisi, Director of Cultural Programmes at Monnaie de Paris

Berlin-based, Italian artist Rosa Barba has been awarded the prize for her work that engages with questions of time like inscriptions in landscapes and language, cutting across history and subject matter. Barba is particularly interested in abstracting the cinematographic medium, pushing it to its limits and possibilities by creating 3D installations involving sculptures and publications. 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.