alberto baraya
expedición berlin, 2014
installation view 8th berlin biennale
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Alberto Baraya (b. 1968, Bogotá, Colombia) lives and works in Bogotá. Baraya studied painting at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia from 1987 to 1992. Later in 1995, he pursued a Master’s in Aesthetics and Art Theory at Universidade Autónoma y Complutense de Madrid. Through photography, video, found objects, and drawings, Alberto Baraya parodies colonial exploitation and its echoes in contemporary global exchange. In the 1990s, he produced ironic self-portraits, highlighting the malleability of identity through the inclusion of references to iconic works of art. Since 2001, he has styled himself as a “viajero”, referring to 18th- and 19th-century European travelers who undertook botanical explorations in the name of science and in the service of colonization. For this project, “Herbário de plantas artificiais” (Herbarium of Artificial Plants), Baraya follows the path of these pseudo-scientists, collecting, cataloguing, and displaying artificial plants. “By picking up…plastic flowers on the street, I behave like the scientists that Western education expects us to become,” he explains. “By changing the goals of this…task I resist this ‘destiny.’ In that moment all assumptions are put into question, even history.” His work has been included in numerous biennials such as the 10th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2015); 8th Berlin Biennial (2014); 9th Shanghai Biennial, China (2012); the 11th Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador (2011); the 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy (2009); the 27a São Paulo Bienal, Brazil (2006); the 1st Medellín Biennial, Colombia (1997); the Biennial of the Caribbean in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2003); and the 4th Bogotá Biennial, Colombia (1994). He has had individual exhibitions at institutions such as the Frost Art Museum in Miami; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; Museo de Arte Moderna de Bogotá; and Palais de Tokyo in Paris. He has participated in group shows at the Museum of Latin American Art - MOLAA in Long Beach; Fundación/Colección Jumex in Mexico DF; Bronx Museum in New York City; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia; and Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona.

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  • manifesta 12, palermo Download

    manifesta 12, palermo

    Barbara Casavecchia, Art Agenda 20.6.2018
  • natureza fabricada Download

    natureza fabricada

    Paula Alzugaray, seLecT 13.6.2018
  • exposição divulga biodiversidade da amazônia com ciência e arte Download

    exposição divulga biodiversidade da amazônia com ciência e arte

    Simone de Marco, Diário Oficial 12.6.2018
  • natureza fabricada Download

    natureza fabricada

    Paula Alzugaray, ISTOÉ Independente 8.6.2018
  • que país é esse? Download

    que país é esse?

    Beta Germano, Casa Vogue 18.3.2018
  • alberto baraya et son paradis végétal artificiel Download

    alberto baraya et son paradis végétal artificiel

    Emmanuelle Jardonnet, Le Monde 18.8.2017
  • an exhibition examines how plant taxonomies influenced world history Download

    an exhibition examines how plant taxonomies influenced world history

    Monica Uszerowicz, Artsy 31.8.2016
  • botanique sous influence Download

    botanique sous influence

    Clelia Coussonnet, Diptyk 3.2.2016
  • even utopian citizens like to leave the house Download

    even utopian citizens like to leave the house

    Holland Cotter, The New York Times 24.6.2014
  • 8th berlin biennale curator on berlin contemporary art and gentrification Download

    8th berlin biennale curator on berlin contemporary art and gentrification

    Stephen Truax, Hyperallergic 28.5.2014
  • alberto baraya at the frost art museum, miami Download

    alberto baraya at the frost art museum, miami

    arte al día 5.1.2014
  • falsos testemunhos de lugares reais ou vice-versa Download

    falsos testemunhos de lugares reais ou vice-versa

    Ana Maria Maia, seLecT 23.7.2013
  • a jornada do artista expedicionário Download

    a jornada do artista expedicionário

    Flávia Ragazzo, Avianca em Revista 13.7.2013
  • brasil, india y colombia ganan bienal Download

    brasil, india y colombia ganan bienal

    ElTiempo 11.12.2011
  • o mundo classificado Download

    o mundo classificado

    Paula Alzugaray, ISTOÉ 31.3.2010

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  • estudios comparados de paisaje

    pedro corrêa do lago
    The series Expedición Rio, part of the project Estudos Comparados de Paisaje (1998–2018) by Alberto Baraya, offers a rare opportunity for observing the direct relationship between the work of the traveling artists who portrayed Rio de Janeiro’s landscape in the 19th century and the recent work of a notable contemporary artist. Even though he is Colombian, Alberto Baraya clearly drank from the well of the great landscape artists active in Brazil, since at times it seems that the background in his paintings are verbatim transpositions of landscapes by the traveling artists, but with the addition of nearly mythical animals, totally unexpected in this context. Actually, despite the obvious kinship with the work of those 19th-century artists, the similarity lies not in the simple repetition, but in the same posture that Baraya assumes while registering Rio de Janeiro’s incomparable landscape, with the aim of incorporating it as a backdrop of his fabulous interventions. Alberto Baraya’s treatment of the landscape arises from the same enraptured contemplation of the landscape that...