Sunday, June 1, 2008

Vertiginous Mapping, a web project by Rosa Barba, launches May 29th

Dia Art Foundation
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
212 989 5566

In Vertiginous Mapping, Rosa Barba presents a collection of film, images, texts, and audio that she compiled and created while on a residency in Sweden. She shot 16mm film in a city north of the Arctic circle whose inhabitants face the prospect of having to relocate as a result of ground instability caused by massive mining in the area. Utilizing conventions of documentary film-making, the artist weaves together new and historical footage with materials she located in municipal archives, including documentation of Sweden's switch from driving on the left to the right side of the road in 1967. Rather than building upon a central plot, Barba prefers to present a labyrinth of information, altering and fabricating elements along the way.

Rosa Barba studied at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne and at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. She has had exhibitions recently at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin (2008), Villa Romana, Florence (2008), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2007), the Baltic Art Center in Visby, Sweden (2006) and in the Kasseler Kunstverein, Fridericianium (2005). Barba lives and works in Cologne and Amsterdam. More information at

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