artist / participant

press release

Remai Modern is very pleased to announce its new web commission, Unprocessed in States, 2017, by internationally renowned artist Rosa Barba.

In association with its pre-launch programs, Remai Modern is inviting artists to realize original projects exclusively for online viewing. On the first day of every month, work by a new artist will appear on Remai Modern’s homepage. Previous commissions by Ryan Gander, Tammi Campbell, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Thomas Hirschhorn, Taysir Batniji, Pedro Barateiro, and Kara Uzelman remain accessible in the online archive.

Born in Sicily, Italy, in 1972, Rosa Barba lives in Berlin. Working across a number of media—including 16- and 35-mm film, sculpture, text and sound recordings—she almost exclusively addresses the subject of cinema. Her work considers how film articulates space and complicates notions of linear time.

For her project, Unprocessed in States, Rosa Barba extends an open invitation to be part of a film shoot. During the month of January, the artist will place a camera in select locations, both private and public, throughout the city of Berlin. Working from a position of trust, Barba leaves the camera alone, sometimes for days at a time, before moving it again. The single-shot raw footage will be shown in real time on Remai Modern’s homepage. After the session concludes, an edited version of the footage will be accessible through the museum’s online archive of web commissions.

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 delaying, 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.

The web commissions are curated by Gregory Burke, Executive Director & CEO, and Sandra Guimarães, Director of Programs & Chief Curator at Remai Modern.

Remai Modern is a new museum of modern and contemporary art currently coming to life in Saskatoon, a growing city on the vast Canadian Prairies. Opening in 2017, it aims to be a vibrant, imaginative and prescient museum committed to affirming the powerful role that art and artists play in questioning, interpreting and defining the modern era. The building, by leading Canadian architects KPMB, overlooks the South Saskatchewan River in downtown Saskatoon. Remai Modern is home to the world’s foremost collection of Picasso linocut prints and aims to be a centre for contemporary Indigenous art programming.

Remai Modern gratefully acknowledges funding from the City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture and Canada Council for the Arts.