Department of Art and Media

Bassam el Baroni

Associate Professor of Curating and Mediating Art
Bassam El Baroni. Photo by Mikko Raskinen 2023
Bassam el Baroni. Photo by Mikko Raskinen 2023.

Bassam el Baroni, Associate Professor of Curating and Mediating Art

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 currently heads Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art (ViCCA), a major of the MA in Art and Media. 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 contemporary art and curating, technology, and political economy. Through exhibitions, publications and other media, he has most recently been preoccupied with financialisation in relation to artistic practices, AI and curating, artists’ engagement with infrastructural futures and histories, and new forms of artist-led activism. 

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).


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