Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage
by Rosa Barba
Original Format: Film 16mm trasferred to digital
Presented at the 15th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte, 2021 – Italian premiere in the presence of the artist
The work was created at the invitation of the Point Center for Contemporary Art (Nicosia, Cyprus) and curator Mirjam Varadinis. The artist chose the 180-kilometre Dead Zone that divides the north from the south of the island as the starting point for her intervention in Cyprus. Between underwater shots of the Mazotos shipwreck, a merchant ship from the 4th century BC, and aerial shots of archaeological sites, the film looks at the Mediterranean Sea and its history as a link for trade and cultural exchange between East and West, but also as a symbol of the separation between the northern and southern parts of the world.
Rosa Barba Rosa Barba (Agrigento 1972, lives and works in Berlin) creates site-specific installations and interventions to analyze the ways in which cinema articulates space, placing the work and the viewer in a new relationship. Her cinematographic works are placed between the experimental documentary and the fictional narrative, introducing performative elements. They often focus on natural landscapes and human interventions on the environment and explore the relationship between historical documents, personal anecdotes and cinematographic representation, creating spaces of memory and uncertainty.