Bassam El Baroni
Visual Arts - 2021
Bassam El Baroni is assistant professor in curating and art mediation at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Finland. Formerly, he lectured at the Dutch Art Institute, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem (2013 – 2019) and was artistic director of the now folded non-profit art space ACAF - Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum in Alexandria, Egypt (2005 – 2012). His current research engages with financialization in relation to artistic practices, artists’ engagement with infrastructural futures and histories, and new forms of artist-led activism. Recent curatorial projects include Infrahauntologies at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany and La Box ENSA, Bourges (2021). Previous curatorial projects include: Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain, 2010 (co-curator); the Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway, 2013 (co-curator with Anne Szefer Karlsen and Eva González-Sancho); Agitationism the 36th Eva International– Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick, 2014; What Hope Looks like after Hope (On Constructive Alienation) at HOME WORKS 7, Beirut, 2015. He is the author of various essays on artists, art and curating, and editor of Between the Material and the Possible: Infrastructural Re-examination and Speculation in Art (Sternberg Press, 2021) and co-editor, together with Ida Soulard and Abinadi Meza, of Manual for a Future Desert (Mousse Publishing, 2021). He holds a PhD in Curatorial Knowledge, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths at University of London.