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Rosa Barba: Unprocessed in States (part 2)

In association with its pre-launch programming, Remai Modern invited artists to realize original projects exclusively for online viewing. Through these commissions, the museum considered its website as an extension of its physical space and onsite program. Mobile and experimental, this online gallery allowed for direct, personal encounters with art while connecting artists and audiences across the globe.

From 2016-2020, the museum presented projects by: Ryan Gander, Tammi Campbell, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Thomas Hirschhorn, Taysir Batniji, Pedro Barateiro, Kara Uzleman, Rosa Barba, Amanda Beech, Ellen Moffat, Duane Linklater, Lynne Marsh, Raqs Media Collective, Ahlam Shibli, Ann Lislegaard, Anton Vidokly, Dave McKenzie, Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory and Kelly Nipper.


Unprocessed in States concentrates on sites of transformation, where action, patterns and variation unfold at different paces. While our experience of the world via media is increasingly “live,” urgent and individualized, the narrative time of civilization can be delayed or lingering, cyclic or motionless. Barba reflects on the traces that history leaves on the landscape and urban environment, suggesting that these changes often manifest themselves only in a society’s subconscious.

Rosa Barba (b. Sicily, 1972) lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and is a PhD candidate in Fine Arts at the Malmö Art Academy. Barba has had residencies at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam; the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas; Iaspis, Stockholm; and Artpace, San Antonio, among others.

Barba has presented her work in solo and group exhibitions at major museums throughout Europe and the US, and her work has been exhibited in numerous art biennials and triennials, including the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2014); International Triennial of New Media Art, Beijing, China (2014); 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); Performa, New York City (2013); International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (2014); Liverpool Biennial (2010) and the 53rd and 56th Venice Biennales.

Barba’s films have been screened in many film festivals and institutions worldwide, including MoMA, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Modern, London. Her work has been widely published and is represented in many important international collections. In 2015, Rosa Barba was awarded the 46th International Prize for Contemporary Art by the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco.