Bassam El Baroni
Bassam El Baroni is a curator and art critic from Alexandria, Egypt. He is the co-founder and director of the non-profit art space Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum and was co-curator of Manifesta 8, 2010 in Murcia, Spain. Recent exhibitions and engagements include the ongoing collaborative archive project The Arpanet Dialogues, started in 2010 with Jeremy Beaudry and Nav Haq, Trapped in Amber: Angst for a Re-enacted Decade, co-curated with Helga-Marie Nordby at UKS, Oslo, Norway in 2009, and Cleotronica 08, an international media art festival in Alexandria, 2008. Since 2009 Bassam has developed and performed a series of dramatized context specific lectures entitled FOXP2 which combine notions of pre-history, genealogy, economics, and art criticism to create episodes of possible universalisms.
Interview with Bassam El Baroni by Hassan Khan,published on April 25, 2011.
“The whole idea of ‘knowledge production’ be it subjective, objective, or a marriage of both, starts from the moment the artist perceives art history as an archive, thus entering the moment of the contemporary.” Read more ›
Interview with Bassam El Baroni by Hassan Khan,published on May 9, 2011.
“Imperialism is no longer an enemy or a culture outside of us but the actual environment we have to adapt ourselves to in order to produce something that has some form of capital and power.” Read more ›
Interview with Bassam El Baroni by Hassan Khan,published on May 29, 2011.
“It’s a curatorial must to work with a kind of radicalized multiculturism that does not care about where artists are from and how much their work highlights the idea of difference and cultures..” Read more ›