A Material Discursivity of Light

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  • Title: A Material Discursivity of Light: An Investigation "in Light" of Rosa Barba’s Practice
  • Author(s): Sara Buoso
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Arts Theory and History
  • Keywords: Materiality, Light, Archive
  • Volume: 14
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2326-9952 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-1779 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2326-9952/CGP/v14i01/17-25
  • Citation: Buoso, Sara. 2019. "A Material Discursivity of Light: An Investigation "in Light" of Rosa Barba’s Practice." The International Journal of Arts Theory and History 14 (1): 17-25. doi:10.18848/2326-9952/CGP/v14i01/17-25.
  • Extent: 9 pages

Abstract

This article proposes an enquiry on a material-discursive practice of light through the work of artist Rosa Barba (b.1972). In particular, this article examines how Barba’s interest in archival and site-specific strategies presupposes a reconfiguration of the representation and the meaning of light in relation to documents, memory, and affective experience. While focusing on the intersection between film, sculpture, and installation, Barba’s work articulates a poetics of distance in between documents and past events, carried out through a materiality of light, projection techniques, and sight-specific practices. By drawing attention to the field of material encountering, her work opens to individual and collective experiences of light within contexts. While examining a choice of artworks by the artist, the article argues for a feminine materialism of light, understood through the thickness and the gesture of a light’s discursive practice.