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Collecting Europe



Collecting Europe

Europe’s history has always been characterised by shifting boundaries, political and economic upheaval, migration and the displacement of people. Only with historical distance can we truly see the bigger picture. As the debate about the future of Europe continues, 12 artists have been asked to imagine themselves in the year 4017, looking back and making sense of where we are now.

The Italian Rosa Barba’s film LET ME SEE IT tells the story of a man who loses his eyesight. A friend of his tries to help him memorise the objects in his home before he goes blind. Images of a night flight over an archipelago become a metaphor for the man’s search for his memories and the disappearance of a formerly certain world. The film urges us to reassess our environments, exploring the beauty of disintegration through the patterns of experience of a place that doesn’t exist anymore.

Rosa Barba lives in Berlin. She has an interest in film and the way it articulates space, placing the work and the viewer in a new relationship. Her works are situated between experimental documentary and fictional narrative.


Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute.


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Join us this weekend for a series of talks, tours, workshops and live performances as we continue our journey 2,000 years into the future to look back on our present and pose the question ‘What is Europe now?’


Date: DA Wednesday, February 01, 2017 a Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Organized by : V&A and Goethe Institut London

Entry : Free


Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London,