Bassam El Baroni

Bassam El Baroni

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Artistic and research interests

Bassam El Baroni is associate professor in curating and mediating art at the Department of Art and Media, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University. He holds a PhD in Curatorial Knowledge, department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London. Prior to working at Aalto University, he was lecturer in art theory at ArtEZ University of the Arts, the Netherlands.  

His research lies at the intersection of curatorial practice/studies, theory, technology, and economics. Through exhibitions, publications and other media, he has most recently been preoccupied with financialization in relation to artistic practices and artists’ engagement with infrastructural futures and histories. He is currently working on a new book on the politics of game-engine based contemporary artworks set to be published in late 2023 by ArtEZ Press. 

Bassam is an internationally recognised curator who has curated and co-curated biennials of contemporary art in Spain (Manifesta 8, Murcia, 2010 - 2011), Norway (LIAF, Lofoten Islands, 2013), Ireland (Eva International – Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick, 2014), and Lebanon (HOME WORKS 7, Beirut, 2015). Most recently he curated the exhibition Infrahauntologies at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany, and La Box, ENSA Bourges, France (2021 and 2022). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctoral degree, Other, University of London

Award Date: 30 Nov 2017


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