musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux


17.11.2016 -> 25.03.2017


From Source to Poem

This exhibition receives the exceptional support of our Honorary patron, Château Haut-Bailly



Rosa Barba’s films and sculptures bring together memory and fiction, documentary-style narrative and sci-fi storytelling, in a wide-ranging reflection on the poetic qualities of landscape as a place deeply engraved with the traces of history. Primarily employing 16 and 35 mm film — both as a medium, and for the sculptural and material qualities of the film stock, beams of light and projectors — Barba probes its limits and possibilities, turning the traditional cinematic viewing experience on its head and challenging the notion of linear time.

Throughout Barba’s work we find portraits of obsolete architecture and natural landscapes, scenes from remote deserts, skeletons of industrial buildings, and fragments of writing and words from artists, poets, and geographers. The artist presents these places as spaces of memory, where certitudes coexist with vulnerabilities, and the past merges with a constantly unfolding present.

On the occasion of her exhibition at CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Rosa Barba makes a new 35mm film to be screened in the monumental space of the Nave. Shot in the USA, at the largest media archive worldwide — the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia — the film From Source to Poem investigates what could be seen as the cultural legacy of twentieth-century Western civilization. In the artist’s own words: “With this new 35mm film I’d like to examine further the geographies we create around us. I’d like to start a dialogue on the meaning and content of the collective effort in storing cultural values.”

Besides this monumental screening, the audience will also discover a new light installation entitled Hear, There, Where the Echoes Are — following on from the White Museum series — consisting of diverse cinematographic projectors orchestrated according to a synchronised sequence. On the opening night, the activation of each projector will be decided according to the rhythm of Chad Taylor’s live sound performance. This choreography, configured in the context of a collective listening, will remain like an after-image in the installation, the piece functioning afterwards as a sculpture orchestrated in the space with its visitors.

Curator: Maria Inés Rodriguez

Rosa Barba, From Source to Poem,  film 35mm, colour, optical sound, 12’, is a co-production of CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, with the participation of Tabakalera, Donostia


Rosa Barba, born in 1972 in Agrigento, Italy, studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany, and currently lives and works in Berlin. Several solo shows have been dedicated to her work in international key institutions such as Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; MoMA PS1, New York (2016); Albertinum, Dresden; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA (2015); MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León; Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen; Turner Contemporary, Margate (2013); Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich; Jeu de Paume, Paris (2012); MART Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto (2011); TATE Modern, London; Centre international d’art et du paysage, Vassivière (2010), and it has been shown in group shows at the Centre Pompidou, Metz, at the Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid, at the MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, or at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, to name but a few. Rosa Barba has also taken part in numerous international festivals, including the Biennale de São Paulo (2016), the Venice Biennale (2015, 2009, 2007) and the Biennale of Sydney (2014).

Her work has been the subject of several monographic publications – the latest of which, Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Space, was published by the MIT List Visual Arts Center/Dancing Foxes – and has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 46th PIAC (International Prize for Contemporary Art) of the Prince Pierre de Monaco Foundation (2015).


-> Nave of the CAPC museum
-> Disabled access
-> Price: Museum Entrance, 7 € (full price) ; 4 € (reduced price)

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