The New Social Environment#561

Drawing the Infinite: Rosa Barba

Featuring Barba and Francesca Pietropaolo


2 p.m. Eastern / 11 a.m. Pacific

Artist Rosa Barba joins Rail Editor-at-Large Francesca Pietropaolo for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Lynn Xu.

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Rosa Barba

Photo of Rosa Barba
Currently based in Berlin, Germany, Rosa Barba (born 1972, Agrigento, Italy) is a German-Italian visual artist and filmmaker. Barba is known for using the medium of film and its materiality to create cinematic film installations, sculptures and publications, which inquire into the ambiguous nature of reality, memory, landscape and their role in their mutual constitution and representation. Her engagement with analogue film has been linked to the work of other contemporary practitioners such as Matthew Buckingham, Tacita Dean, Luke Fowler, and Ben Rivers. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, most recently, The Calder Prize (New York, 2020).

Francesca Pietropaolo

A portrait of curator Francesca Pietropaolo.
Italian-born art historian, curator, and critic based in Venice, Francesca Pietropaolo has held curatorial positions at the Walker Art Center, MoMA, Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, and Fondation Louis Vuitton. From 2015-2018 she co-curated for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Athens and in 2019 she co-curated the exhibition Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy: Mare Nostrum, organized by the Brooklyn Rail, a Collateral Event of the Venice Biennale. She is the author of numerous essays, and is the editor of Ellsworth Kelly and Writings on Art 1980-2005 / Writings on Art 2006-2021, the first two-volume anthology of writings by Robert Storr, among others. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Lynn Xu reading.

Lynn Xu

A photo of [Lynn Xu] in front of a colorful mural.
Born in Shanghai, China, Lynn Xu is the author of Debts & Lessons (Omnidawn) and And Those Ashen Heaps That Cantilevered Vase of Moonlight (Wave Books), and the co-translator of Pee Poems by Lao Yang (Circumference Books). She has performed multidisciplinary works at 300 South Kelly Street, the Guggenheim Museum, the Renaissance Society, and Rising Tide Projects. She teaches at Columbia University and coedits Canarium Books.

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Drawing the Infinite: Rosa Barba

Featuring Barba and Francesca Pietropaolo

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