Ricardo Basbaum

RICARDO BASBAUM (São Paulo, Brasil, 1961) lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As an artist and writer, he participates actively of exhibitions and projects since 1981, investigating art as an intermediating device and platform for the articulation between sensorial experience, sociability and language – in the boundaries of a communicative approach, he promotes the circulation of his practice and visual forms. With diagrams, drawings, texts, sound pieces and installations he builds devices in which the personal and individual experience of the participating agents and observers perform an important role. In 1989 he began the project NBP – New Bases for Personality, which aims to establish direct connections with the audience and runs throughout his work. His pieces discuss human relations, as well as the limits of participation, artistic proposal and the piece of art itself. He’s worked as a professor in Instituto de Artes of Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, at Rio de Janeiro, from 1998 to 2016; visiting professor in Chicago University between October and December on 2013; resident artist of Audain Gallery (Vancouver), on October 2014. Ricardo teaches currently at the Art Department in Universidade Federal Fluminense.

His most recent solo exhibitions include: the production of the artist as collective-conversation (Audain Gallery, Vancouver), nbp-etc: escolher linhas de repetição (Galeria Laura Alvim, Rio de Janeiro), Diagramas (Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, 2013) e re-projecting (london) (The Showroom, London, 2013). Participated of dOCUMENTA 12 (2007), 20ª Sydney Biennal (2016) , 30th and 25th editions of Bienal de São Paulo (2012, 2002) and of The School of Kiev (2015), among other events. On 2015 he developed a project for It Might be Possible that the World Itself is Without Meaning* – Performances, actions, and interventions in urban space (Stadtkuratorin, Hamburg). He also curated Mistura + Confronto (Central Electrica do Freixo, Porto, 2001) and was co-curador of Panorama da Arte Brasileira (MAM-SP, 2001), On Difference #2 (Kunstverein Stuttgart, 2006) and pogovarjanja/conversations/conversas (Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana, 2006).